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Favourite, The (2018)

Title: The Favourite
Rating: R
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss, and Jenny Rainsford
Release Date: 11/23/2018
Running Time: 119 minutes

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Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank and Gabe for this submission


Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Title: Battle of the Sexes
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, and Steve Carell
Release Date: 9/22/2017
Running Time: 121 minutes

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What did you think of this film?
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


La La Land (2016)

Title: La La Land
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence
Release Date: 12/16/2016
Running Time: 128 minutes

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The story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Irrational Man (2015)

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Title: Irrational Man
Rating: R
Directed by: Woody Allen
Written by: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey
Release Date: 7/17/2015
Running Time: 96 minutes

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A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.


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Aloha (2015)*

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Title: Aloha
Rating: PG-13
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone
Release Date: 5/29/2015
Running Time: 105 minutes

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A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.


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Birdman Review – 4 out of 5 Stars

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Birdman isn’t a movie you should talk about as soon as you finish watching it. There so many different things that can be said or discussed for the film and watching it once doesn’t give it justice. Having taken a while to think the film over, I can confidently say I think it’s one of the best movies of the year despite some heavy problems I admittedly had with the screenplay.

Birdman presents the life of actor Riggin Thompson (Michael Keaton), a washed up, has been most notable for playing the superhero Birdman in the late 80’s, early 90’s. Some decades later, Riggin tries to revitalize his career by doing a stage production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. In making the play, he sacrifices his family, friends & sanity in an attempt to regain any small glimpse of what his fame used to be.

Director and writer Alejandro González Iñárritu tries to take us into the soul of a dying man with the character of Thompson. Riggin used to be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, everybody loved him and he received lots of money. Twenty years later, he is running out of time. Everybody mocks him, hates him or has forgotten about him. He has become detached from his ex-wife Sylvia (Amy Ryan) and his daughter Sam (Emma Stone). What he is doing with this play is his attempt to obtain not just stardom but peace with himself. This is about the rebirth of a man, now understanding the sheer darkness and chaos of the universe. Everyone will eventually be forgotten and the memory of Riggin will be as dead as the man himself, there will be no way he can ever be forever remembered. Almost all of the characters in the movie are self-obsessed and lonely and they all seem to be living in their own little world. Every day, Riggin is surrounded by these people who attack him and lie to him. But the movie isn’t focusing on the despair and grimness of our situation; it is talking on a man’s attempt to escape from it. He wants to fly away from his ego and illusions of grandeur and break into something much more natural and eternal. He finds peace with the conversations he has with his family but in the end he has to do the thing that will ultimately strip him of the thing that has haunted him his entire life. If he comes out the other side, he will transform into something far more loving and giving. Birdman comes down to being a man’s last chance to escape into a better life than the one he has been chasing for many years.

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González’s direction is grade A for a lot of reasons. The movie takes on the hard task of trying to make it look like it was done in one shot. And while I assume they cut every once in a while, you leave with a massive appreciation for all the work it took in editing and shooting it to look that way. Having the movie filmed like this gives the setting of Riggin’s mental breakdown a sort of dreamlike, fantastical quality that almost makes New York City look like other worldly. There is a great injustice if this movie doesn’t at least get a nomination for the editing. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki follows up his Oscar winning work in Gravity with a work that is very visually beautiful. There are plenty of scenes here where he gets to show off his talent for taking normal things and showing them in a way you’ve never seen them shown before. My two personal favorite shots in the movie are when Riggin goes into a brightly colored alcohol store and when we get a shot of a beach with dead jellyfish lying around. It would be remiss not to mention the music. The actual soundtrack made for the film by Antonio Sánchez is great. Mostly consisting of drumming, it helps add intensity and a sort of distinct sound which you don’t get to hear in most movie soundtracks. My favorite musical moments are those are when the movie decides to use classical music. It has a very rich sounds that adds a tragic layer to Thompson that makes it additionally passionate and moving. The movie is pretty close to technically flawless when you look at it from that standpoint, the way González observes his characters; themes and landscapes are truly unique here.

This is probably one of the most talented casts I’ve seen this year. Michael Keaton is killing it in a role he was born to play. Whenever he’s on screen, you get this feeling that he putting more passion and more heart into it than any other role he’s ever had to play. Keaton knew that this was the kind of role that only comes once to an actor and he goes with it. He seems genuinely broken by the end and I think Keaton took a lot of things from his own life and channeled into his own interpretation of Riggin. It’s always great to see this kind of very personal performance.

Emma Stone isn’t in the film as much as you would think, but in one powerful scene between her and Keaton, she manages to steal the show and lock in a nomination at plenty of awards this year. The anger and emotion but ultimate love she has for her father manages to shine through immensely over the course of her scenes. This is the first great performance I’ve seen from her and I hope we get plenty more in what should be an illustrious career. While I wasn’t as over the moon as others were for his performance, Edward Norton is definitely very good as Mike, an egotistical yet talented actor causing havoc on Riggin’s set. Him and Keaton have some great chemistry whenever they’re battling each other on some topics. The real, great supporting actor performance comes from Zach Galifianakis as Riggin’s assistant Jake. Finding himself at the end of his rope, Jake battles to no use to keep Thompson from going over the edge. Like Stone, he has one huge scene that will leave a large impression on you afterwards. For a lot of years I’ve been really impressed with his stand up and I’m glad he got a chance to show his true acting chops. Finally, Amy Ryan is excellent as Thompson’s sort of voice of reason and in a movie full of loud, damaged people, she has to play the most grounded and stable person. The movie is certainly quite strange but she adds the needed quiet and gentleness to Riggin’s character arc.

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If not for the screenplay, this would definitely be one of my top five favorite movies of the year. Unfortunately, there are some major problems I had with what was previously mentioned that kept from falling head over heels for this movie. For example, Riggin’s girlfriend Laura was distractingly poorly written. She didn’t add anything to the grand scheme of things and all of her scenes made her seem very stereotypically kooky without adding any personality. It isn’t helped that actress Andrea Riseborough overacted throughout a lot of the scenes. I just don’t get why that character needed to be there in comparison to everything else.

I think my biggest problem with the movie is how some of the dialogue is written. True, there are plenty of great scenes with conversations between characters but some of the lines felt very forced and pretentious. When doing a movie like this, you walk a fine line between bits of dialogue that are poetic and bits of dialogue that are self-indulgent. A couple of times people would say things that no one would ever say in real life and it seemed like Iñárritu was trying to show how cool and different he was rather than actually benefit the personality of the characters. It’s distracting and off-putting and it keeps you from getting more invested in the characters than you wish you were. There is one line on a rooftop between Mike and Sam about Mike wanting to see the world young again that feels so artsy and heavy handed that it could’ve been written by a random, hipster at Starbuck’s. The themes and characters end up shining through but in the hands of a lesser cast and director, this could’ve become extremely obnoxious and tedious fast. It ends up making what could’ve been a perfect movie, a film that is still great but occasionally puts sounding cool over some more needed depth.

Alejandro González Iñárritu may not be a perfect writer, but he more than proves himself as an outstanding director. Birdman often threatens to become something too distractingly gimmicky but the true scope manages to make you overlook its big problems and see something that is oftentimes exciting and breathe taking. The movie makes good use of its awesome cast and Zach Galifinakis and Emma Stone get to prove there large talent. Head out to the theaters to see this absorbing, strange ride if you haven’t already watched it.

Rating:(4/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Amy Ryan

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Screenplay by: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo

Amazing Spider-Man 2, The (2014)

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TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (aka. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D and The Amazing Spider-Man 2: An IMAX 3D Experience)

RELEASE DATE: 5/2/2014

RATING: PG-13

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

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NOTE: A scene for X-Men: Days of Future Past is shown during the credits. Check out the scene below.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review – 1 1/2 out of 5 Stars

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tells the journey of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues as he battles a new range of villains and struggles to keep with romantic relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) alive.

I think the previous film was a very good film; the film had some plot holes and it could be overly sentimental at points but I found myself rather entertained by the cool visual effects and the great performances. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it one of the best blockbusters of 2012 but the film was thoroughly fun and found a way to add some heart as well.

I should cut to the chase; this movie is a complete train wreck. The film piles itself with countless storylines and puts it all together with terrible editing and emotionless direction and writing. This movie is terrible and I can only hope that this film is the beginning of the end for the comic book movie style that has been worked over the past several years. If Thor 2 showed how bland and lifeless the formula had become and Captain America 2 showed how a great idea could be burnt by the formula, then Spiderman 2 shows the formula at its dumbest point plain and simple. I didn’t hate this movie as much as Thor 2 (a film which after much consideration probably would’ve made my top ten worst of 2013 list) but the film certainly fails at more than Thor 2 for better and for worse.

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The performances were the best aspect of the first film with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone having great chemistry and featuring the additional feature of a slew of solid supporting performances. The performances of the previous film that worked aren’t exactly suddenly terrible in this film, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are still solid actors and Sally Field has the best scene in the movie in a moment that was somewhat touching and throughout she is the only one who’s performance comes off as entirely successful. In fact the film casts some pretty great actors for this film to play the new characters (Dane Dehaan, Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti). But the films screenplay is so bad and there is so much stuff happening in this film that the performances for the most part fall flat despite the best intentions of the cast to do a good job. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have an on and off relationship that shifts gears so much throughout that I could care less. Andrew Garfield is forced to do these terrible moments of slap stick humor which fall flat. Emma Stone does a good job but her character was very important and creative in the previous one and in this film she is reduced to a terrible romantic plot line which was really disappointing seeing how the character of Gwen Stacy was another one of the best aspects of the previous film.

Dane Dehaan plays Harry Osborne, the son of the rich industrial organization Oscorp founder Norman Osborne. In trying to do something different with the company, Harry becomes an even bigger monster than his father. The problem with the character isn’t anything to do with Dehaan’s performance which I found to be pretty dimensional for the first three acts but rather with how the movie handles the character. Everything point the character arc feels rushed and everything going on with Harry leads to a finale which destroys the credibility of Dehaan’s performance and leads the character to a point where you could care less about his transition all because it was done so poorly and with so little heart and will to do so.

Jamie Foxx plays Electro, a man built from the evil darkness of the company into a monster hell bound on killing his creator, he also happens to the worst parts of this story. He is so useless to this movie that had his character been cut out, it would not only have been unnoticeable but the film probably would’ve been better. The awkwardness and geekiness of the character before becoming Electro is camped up to a point of being unrealistic and unrelatable. The change in the character half way through is poorly explained and out of character. And the conclusion to the characters arc is about as horrendous as you can make it as the film seems to simply make the character disappear with the emotion and buildup of a minion in a 70’s karate film, because you know, that character didn’t take up a little less than half of the running time.

It’s also worth mentioning that Paul Giamatti and Marton Csokas give the worst performances in the movie. Paul is playing the Russian bad guy Rhino at the start and end of the movie and Marton plays the German doctor torturing Electro. They are both clearly camping up there characters but in doing so they destroy any resemblance of seriousness in the scenes that they are featured in. In some moments that are supposed to be taken seriously, I couldn’t help but laugh at how poorly placed and stupid there performances felt.

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The writing is terrible as well as the editing and many of the technical aspects. The film is at the same time way too commercial and way too cluttered for any of the characters to seem likable or for any of storylines to feel successful. Many would call what the film does in having so many storylines rather brave and ambitious but there are some cases in which a film is less that and more foolish. Did the writers and directors seriously believe that they had the talent to take on so many storylines in one film? The films writing ranges from bland, flat and stereotypical to cluttered, jagged and laughable and by the end I could care less about what was an admittedly well shot and well executed plot twist. Not to mention, the film still falls on the superhero stereotypes of the past several years and in doing so it adds this larger sense of the feeling that maybe the writers and directors didn’t even care about making a bold and epic Spiderman film. Of course the film features countless plot holes in the story but by the end that was far from the worst thing about this awful screenplay.

There isn’t much too really be said about the direction for many of the Marvel films. The action is meh and the visual effects are good. The direction is about as average as you can make and it is clear director Marc Webb went into this movie with little mindset to add anything lacking with commercialism to his filmmaking. The music ranges from ok to some of the worst I’ve heard in a movie in a long time in a scene with Electro that has a song that has to be one of the most unintentionally hysterical musical moments in a film in years.

Every once in a while you’ll get an interesting aspect to the film but the film basically ruins all the momentum the franchise had going for it. Close to all the storylines are cluttered and or laughable and by the end you will care less about what is going on. The characters are flat and inconsistent. And worse of all the films writing and performances end up feeling stupid for lack of a better word through unintentional tonal shifts. If Desolation of Smaug showed everything that can go wrong with making a really long movie with no real story than Amazing Spiderman 2 showed everything that can go wrong if you have too much story. I really wanted to enjoy this movie but so much goes blatantly wrong that it’s to ignore what I feel makes this one of the worst movies of the year so far.

Rating:(1.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field

Directed by: Marc Webb

Screenplay by: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner

Based on the Comic Book by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Croods, The (2013)*

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TITLE: The Croods (aka. The Croods 3D)

RELEASE DATE: 3/22/2013

RATING: PG

The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.

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Movie 43 (2013)*

TITLE: Movie 43

RELEASE DATE: 1/25/2013

RATING: R

A series of interconnected short films follows three kids as they search the depths of the Internet to find the most banned movie in the world.

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NOTE: The filmmakers wish to extend their personal thanks to the following for their contributions and support to the making of this movie: … Anyone who has ever had a dirty thought! Dedicated to Deputy Star Berle.