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The Call Rings Busy

  At the beginning of The Call Halle Berry is a confident, compassionate and cool 911 operator. She is someone you would want on the other end of the line in an emergency. However, she loses all that when one of her callers is viciously murderer by a home invader due to her blunder. After

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Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

This Playbook Produces a Winner   What happens when two mental patients get together? Sounds like the beginning of an old joke but Silver Linings Playbook is no joke. Silver Linings Playbook is a sometimes disturbing and sometimes comical look into bi-polar, OCD, and other mental illnesses. Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat Solatano, Jr., has lost

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Movie Review: The Quartet Makes Sweet Music

  If you think a retirement home is populated only with stodgy old biddy bodies just waiting to die, you haven’t seen the movie The Quartet. The setting is Beecham House, a charity retirement home for musicians in England. It is a beautiful place and could easily be a neighbor of Downton Abbey. The mansion

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Movie Review on Video: Seven Psychopaths

You Do and You Die Seven Psychopaths is billed as a black comedy but the only thing comical about it is that it was ever made. The plot is confusing, complicated and convoluted and with more blood spilled and splattered than a butcher shop. It is directed by Martin McDonagh and has its share of

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Zero Dark Thirty illuminates the dark side of war

  Zero Dark Thirty is about the manhunt for the most dangerous man in the world, Osama bin Laden. Although it has been nominated for many awards it has also attracted attention for controversy and criticism for allegedly taking a pro-torture stance. But, war is a nasty business. The title is a military term for

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Promised Land is a small movie that tackles a big subject

  Promised Land is a small movie currently in limited release that should get more publicity than it has. It is about the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is commonly called. Promised Land written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski (of The Office) also stars these two men who oppose each

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Movie Review: Parental Guidance is misunderstood by the critics

Parental Guidance is a cute little movie about generational differences and parenting styles. The movie encompasses three generations which include the modern techie parents, the out-of-date grandparents, and three hyper bratty kids. The movie stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as the grandparents and Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott as the tech savvy parents.

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Les Miserables Has Many Virtues

  Les Miserables is a complicated movie to review because Victor Hugo wrote a very broad and far reaching book in 1862 upon which the movie and stage play are based. The book is populated with a multitude of characters from many different backgrounds. There are so many plots and subplots running throughout a long

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Skyfall is a visit with an old friend and a glimpse into the future

  The latest installment of the James Bond series, Skyfall, is a perfect piece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series. It looks back to established characters and gadgets and forward to the future with new characters and more state-of-the-art gadgets. The movie also gives us more background information on the James Bond character

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Denzel Washington flies into turbulence in Flight

    If you are a fan of Denzel Washington movies where he flexes a little muscle and flashes that wide grin of perfect pearly whites to save the day and win the girl, then you won’t like Washington’s newest movie, Flight. In Flight Washington is not a desirable character, even though he is dashing

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