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Only the Brave (2017)*

Title: Only the Brave
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Written by: Ken Nolan, and Eric Warren Singer
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, and Jennifer Connelly
Release Date: 10/20/2017
Running Time: 133 minutes

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It’s not what stands in front of you… it’s who stands beside you. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the nation. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Dedication: This film is dedicated to the Granite Mountain Hotshots and their families.

Memoriam: In memory of James Marks and Joshua House

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Thank You for Your Service (2017)

Title: Thank You for Your Service
Rating: R
Directed by: Jason Hall
Written by: Jason Hall
Based on the book by: David Finkel
Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith
Release Date: 10/27/2017
Running Time: 108 minutes

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A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


Bleed for This (2016)*

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Title: Bleed for This
Rating: R
Directed by: Ben Younger
Written by: Ben Younger, Angelo Pizzo and Pippa Bianco
Starring: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal
Release Date: 11/18/2016
Running Time: 116 minutes

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After cocky Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) takes a brutal beating from Junior Welterweight Champion Roger Mayweather in 1988, fight promoter Lou Duva (Ted Levine) urges him to retire. Instead, Pazienza moves up two weight classes under the guidance of his shrewd new trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). Rooney’s radical strategy pays off when Pazienza, 14 pounds heavier, takes down French boxer Gilbert Delé in front of a hometown crowd to become Super Middleweight champion of the world.

Pazienza doesn’t have much time to relish the victory, however. Shortly after the bout, a head-on car crash leaves him with a broken neck. Initially told he may never walk again, doctors recommend spinal fusion surgery that would guarantee mobility but effectively end his boxing career. Pazienza chooses the far riskier “halo” spine-stabilization treatment, requiring him to wear a circular metal brace screwed directly into his skull for six months.

Recovering in the modest home he shares with his fiercely devoted father Angelo (Ciarán Hinds) and anxious mother Louise (Katey Sagal), Pazienza secretly starts weight training in the basement with the help of a reluctant Rooney, and begins to rebound emotionally as well as physically. Thirteen months after the accident, the man fondly known as “The Pazmanian Devil” returns to the ring to do battle with Super Middleweight Champion Roberto Duran (Edwin Rodriguez) in the biggest fight of his life.


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War Dogs (2016)

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Title: War Dogs
Rating: R
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips and Jason Smilovic
Based on the Rolling Stone article “Arms & the Dudes” by: Guy Lawson
Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Steve Lantz
Release Date: 8/19/2016
Running Time: 114 minutes

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“War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.


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After Credits? No


Get a Job (2016)*

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Title: Get a Job
Rating: R
Directed by: Dylan Kidd
Written by: Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel
Starring: Alison Brie, Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller
Release Date: 3/25/2016
Running Time: 83 minutes

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Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important (and hilarious) adventures are the ones that we don’t see coming.


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Special thanks to Frank S. for this submission


Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, The (2016)

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Title: The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 (aka. The Divergent Series: Allegiant: The IMAX Experience)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Written by: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage
Based on the book by: Veronica Roth
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller
Release Date: 3/18/2016
Running Time: 121 minutes

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After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.


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Fantastic Four Review – .5 out of 5 Stars

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When I finished watching The Fantastic Four, I thought it was terrible but I didn’t really have the strong hatred others had for it. I left the movie feeling numb and willing to give this movie a solid one out of five stars without thinking of it anymore after this. And then, I approached the writing process for this movie and I hit a roadblock. Of the 3 previous times I’ve tried writing this review, each time I’ve ended up transforming it into a giant rant about a specific area. It’s not just that it’s a rant about the entire film, each time for this I have stumbled upon a new tiny aspect of the film that is so shockingly terrible that I had to write a thousand word explaining what is so wrong about it. It was in having to explain this movie that I realized that there is not a single thing about The Fantastic Four thematically or technically that doesn’t either feel pathetic or a part of an absolute disaster. For my money, this will be the worst movie of 2015 that I’ve paid money to go see in a theater. Paper Towns at least had a few, tiny areas that you could not so much appreciate but you could deal with. Focus at least had the charm of Will Smith. There is nothing I’ve seen this year that has had so much wrong with it in comparison to this dead on arrival visit to the cinema.

The “story” is a mess, but to put it into a brief amount of words, a group of young adults including Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and his friend Ben (Jamie Bell), along with Sue (Kate Mara) and her brother Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) create this machine than transports them to another dimension. In this new world, they receive new powers and must face up against an old colleague gone rogue named Doom (Toby Kebbell).

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What is there to be said about this films story? The pacing for the movie is terrible in every meaning of the word. The movie rushes over so many areas that it never really feels like you’re watching an actual film. The actions of the characters are so poorly explained because the movie has no problem skipping over things that would give development to people or any build up as to why something is going on. It’s like The Fantastic Four was a mediocre CBS show that went for ten episodes that someone decided to cut together as an hour and 40 minute movie. There are so many elements here that either aren’t there or feel rushed. You can’t help but wonder if someone, anyone looked at the pieces and actually wondered how they would fit together before they just decided to glue them together haphazardly. That’s what this seems to be, it’s already terrible clips thrown together like a Malick movie in the hopes of producing a story, like a drunk kids half-assed attempt to throw a dart at the center of a dart board. One moment Reed is in some science fair for his…high school maybe? The next, he’s working at some institute for smart young minds. There’s a possible love triangle between Doom, Reed and Sue but you can’t really tell, it’s probably explained better in the TV show they grabbed these scenes out of.

I haven’t even gotten to the cruel and shallow way this flick used the time jump. There is a moment where the gang gets there super powers and they are locked up because of it. This should be the part where we would see them adapting to having new powers or fighting back against the people keeping them locked up. Well, right after they get their powers, we cut to one year later. In one years’ time, we see that characters have changed a lot since we last saw them. Ben has become a weapon for the army and Johnny has gone from being a rebel to this super patriotic guy trying to help the army. Reed is also doing some random science crap in the woods or something but that’s never fully explained or returned to the surface after they show it. It would be like if Iron Man cut out all the scenes where Tony Stark was in the cave or if The Dark Knight Rises cut out all the scenes where Bruce Wayne was exiled from Gotham. There a gigantic chunk of this movie where the audience is supposed to watch their characters change that is just…gone. I look at this and see a solid 30 to 40 minutes of important development that the movie cut out. There are some shows and movies that can use a time jump effectively like Vertigo or Fargo but here it feels like a get out of jail free card for its writers so that they don’t have to work overtime to make sure there movie isn’t borderline unwatchable. This is an example of laziness to the tenth degree. There’s no reason I can think of for them to want to do this other than to further its audience from feeling like they have to care about the transition of our supposed heroes.

And yet, somehow none of that even matches what the film does for its finale. I should first explain maybe the only positive thing in the film, Victor Von Doom. Doom seems like the only person who is sympathetic or even seems like remotely a real person. He’s the stereotype of the lonely intelligent weirdo, but at least that’s better than nothing. On the planet, they accidently leave Doom behind. One year later, he comes back as a goofy, poorly designed bad guy out of a stock Saturday morning cartoon. Of all of the characters, his transition after one year feels the cheapest and most offensively lazy.

Anyways, he shows up in the last 15 minutes and without any real explanation he just wants to destroy the world. In the course of 15 minutes or so, they introduce, fight and kill off their most famous villain. There’s no momentum and then there’s just nothing, the finale is that. The movie suddenly remembers near the end that it’s a superhero movie and it tries to cram all of this stuff in the hopes of wiping clean what you’ve actually been watching for the past hour. Everything from the way it shows characters arcs to the way they explain motives is sloppy. I have no idea how much of this is Josh Trank’s fault or the studios fault but in the end it doesn’t really matter, this is one of the worst stories I’ve ever seen played out on screen and what it does in terms of building and concluding storylines and coming together with something remotely satisfying has no bounds in how awful it is.

And even if the story did make any sense, it sure as hell doesn’t make up for all the other terrible things about it. The characters aren’t helped by dialogue that would seem dead on an ABC sitcom. This movies attempt at humor and charm are so uncomfortably terrible that it bounces back and becomes funny again. Michael B. Jordan has the worst of it as he has to add dimension to such Oscar worthy lines as “that’s what I’m talking about”. It’s the kind of wit that’s created by a sweaty, underpaid team of writers just trying to add something, anything to this story that’s clearly been lost. Besides the comedic angle, all of the lines from the villain and the hero feel copied from far more original superhero films. Every quote you can find from Dr. Doom is exactly like every other clichéd super villain. When the movie needs to pad out its running time, it brings out the overused speech about great responsibility with great power or whatever. Nothing that comes out of a characters mouth in this movie ever comes from a place of sincerity, it all feels fake and manufactured to look exactly like everything else. There is nothing about this movies screenplay that isn’t totally artificial.

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Lastly, the film is technically garbage. With a budget as high as this one, you at least expect to see some visual effects with some high quality. Exodus: Gods and Kings was a terrible film, it at least had some impressive visual effects. This movie makes the CGI in early 00’s action films look decent. Every fight scene with Reed Richards stretching his body is laughably fake looking. It doesn’t look realistic; it looks like it was taken from a low budget 90’s animated movie that tried miserably to use 3D animation. As I mentioned earlier, the design for the new Dr. Doom makes the early 00’s Dr. Doom look intimidating. The Dr. Doom in this movie is so poor that you could honestly convince me that it’s actually from the cheap rip off version of The Fantastic Four, The Fabulous Give perhaps. The music for this movie is just like the music from every other dry, bland action movie. The new world they find is void of any imagination and looks just like every other vague new planet. The entire movie looks like it was shot through a dark blue glass so it could look super serious and grim. Even with a great cast and a director who’s done good work in the past, there is not a single compliment I can give this movie.

Taking the time to write about this film was an awful, long exhausting experience and the same can be said about watching The Fantastic Four. I don’t even want to give this movie half a star, I can’t think of a thing I enjoyed about this film. The story, the characters, the comedy, the effects, the performances, the ideas, the editing and the music are all garbage. The Fantastic Four is a terrible movie and it gets the honor of being one of the lowest ratings I’ve ever given for a film on my site.

Rating:(.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 8/7/2015

Rating: PG-13

Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell

Directed by: Josh Trank

Screenplay by: Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank

Based on the Comic Book by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Fantastic Four (2015)

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Title: Fantastic Four
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Josh Trank
Written by: Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell and Reg E. Cathey
Release Date: 8/7/2015

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Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.


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After Credits? No

Memoriam: In memory of George L. Little


Whiplash Review – 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars

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If Whiplash were a jazz album, it would be less Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and more Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. Wear some deodorant beforehand, this is an intense ride and I guarantee you’ll be sweating by the ending. This is a film of pure energy, it starts by beating quietly at a slow, even pace but by the end it’s a hellish, freakish jam session of epic proportions for director Damien Chazelle and his two lead actors.

The first thing you may realize going in is that our hero Andrew (Miles Teller) is already a fantastic drummer when he enters into Shaffer University, the best music school in the country. He spends all of his nights working on his techniques and he goes out of his way to listen to all the great jazz artists like Buddy Rich and Charlie Parker. From the beginning, he sounds like someone who has a high chance of making it big because he has true, genuine talent. The only real times he isn’t practicing are when he is spending time watching movies with his dad and making small talk with his girlfriend at the concession stand. The only problem is that there is no time in history that has had more people wanting to become an artist in all these different things. Everyday people attempt to turn their passion into a career and very few manage to make it. For as great as he is, Andrew is still put into the corner at school and his family seems to not really appreciate the thing he is trying to do. Much like a lot people, Andrew is at risk of finding a normal job and letting his dreams gather dust.

Enter Terrance Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an infamous conductor at the school. He is known for his unconventional, often disturbing teaching methods which can drive students to either there last straw or to their moment of pure perfection in their craft. Late one night in the halls of the school, Fletcher hears Andrew’s practicing and can hear his anger and frustration. You can see in those opening moments that he sees potential to morph Andrew into something that is not only great but legendary.

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Whiplash next to Boyhood is one of the most relatable films I’ve seen this year. Chazelle with help from Teller’s gripping performance makes Andrew someone who is down to earth and human despite all the crazy stuff that happens to him. As you can probably tell, I love everything film related and I adore writing about this subject. I am trying as hard as I can in between doing high school to eventually become someone who can find a career doing the thing that is my passion. Andrew’s fears here happen to be my hugest fear right now. What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m blown away by the rest of the talented writers trying to make it? Would it be better to cut my losses if and just give up? Whiplash goes very deep into ideas that have made every person who has ever had ambition extremely nervous. You can try as hard as you can and you can still not make it in our competitive world. Fletcher makes him bleed, he uses his darkest moments to psychologically torture him, he humiliates him in front of everybody and he leads Andrew to the brink of sanity. Yet time and time again, Andrew keeps coming back. He’ll wash the blood off his hands and he’ll study every second to make sure he can reach perfection. Later on, he’ll even break up with his girlfriend and choose the acceptance of his mentor over that of his father. In Fletcher, Andrew has been given the thing that will drive him to be his best regardless of mental and emotional state.

It helps how three dimensional the character of Fletcher is. Going in, you could be expecting some bully caricature, a shallow, evil douchebag who Andrew will eventually overcome like Principal Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or John Kreese in The Karate Kid. From a story standpoint, Fletcher may look like an antagonist, there are points where it almost seems as though he is trying to destroy Andrew by the things he is putting him through and making him do. However, you’ll also find that there are points where Fletcher shows a more vulnerable side that hints that there is a method to his madness. He seems to be sincerely invested in getting Andrew to achieve his very best and he’s willing to acknowledge when Andrew does do something right. Half way through, there’s a scene where he cries over the death of one of his top students, you can see that he secretly is rooting for all of pupils to break through and he has a huge respect for those who have made it. In what is his most transparent scene, he explains to Andrew that the worst phrase in the English dictionary is good job. You want to punch him and you want to tell yourself that there’s a better way than this but at the end of the day, he’s the kind of person you want respect from. The relationship between Andrew and Fletcher is a perfect representation for the dark truth of what it will take to make art or pretty much anything that you have a passion for.

Damien Chazelle is another name in a list of fantastic debut directors from this 2014. There hasn’t been a more intensely made movie to come out of this year. I’m not kidding when I said earlier that this will make you sweat. Chazelle shoots very up close in a lot of scenes and you feel right there with them as they practice the music.

The real technical breakthrough of Whiplash comes in the perfect editing by Tom Cross. Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe the exhilarating work Cross does here. Every part of Whiplash is paced at exactly the right time and he keeps you on this bumpless, exhilarating experience from point A to point B. When you’re doing a movie with this kind of concept, you need to make sure the audience is as on the edge of their seats as far you can possibly get them before they fall off. The way it cuts specific shots with the music is so good, you’re never given time to be bored.

Not to spoil anything but the last 15 minutes of the movie is the most well directed scene for a movie this entire year. The way he shows this band performing at the end as he cuts between the faces of Andrew and Fletcher is a stroke of genius. The only way you couldn’t enjoy it is if you had a heart attack while watching.

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What hasn’t been said about J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller? They both give in two unforgettable performances and there isn’t a bad note in either role. Miles Teller delivers his most powerful, raw performance to date and it’s possibly even worthy of an Oscar nomination. J.K. Simmons dominates every moment he’s on screen. He’ll make you laugh and be terrified and you definitely won’t soon forget the balls to the wall energy he has brought on screen. The parts where they go back and forth in the dialogue are like being on a roller coaster and Chazelle really struck gold here in picking out such passionate and emotional actors as Simmons and Teller.

It’s impossible for Whiplash to not be left without some level of feelings afterwards. Every single beat from the time the movie starts to when it ends is filled with deafening levels of emotion, power and force. Amazing performances, direction and writing come together to tell the story of the often grotesque challenges and sacrifices you’ll face to be the person you dream of. Whether you like it or not, this is the work that it takes to be the best and I have no doubt you’ll leave the theater pondering what it is that can drive you to your furthest extremes.

Rating:(4.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 4/4/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Screenplay by: Damien Chazelle

Whiplash (2014)

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TITLE: Whiplash

RELEASE DATE: 10/16/2014

RATING: R

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

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