MyMovies: 2012

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Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
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Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. (89 mins.)
Director: Eli Craig
“ Fun, somewhat touching horror comedy that gets a bit richety in the final act. It's the three leads that really make this work, even adding a bit of sweetness to it all. ” - walternefflives
Sonatine (1993)
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Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ Kitano's best. Not just style over substance. Great character's you grow to like with a just the right amount of edge. ” - walternefflives
Contraband (2012)
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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. (109 mins.)
“ Too by-the-numbers and generic, that I lost interest in about halfway through with a twist I figured out in the opening credits. ” - walternefflives
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
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Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The story-driven film drags down the cool factor. Happily held together by three very solid performances. ” - walternefflives
Colombiana (2011)
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A young woman, after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. (108 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ There is two schools of thought here. The first being, the movie is entertaining. It's brisk and fast and action-packed. Than again, the movie couldn't be more hilarious and unintentionally funny. The thing is a riot. I would never seek out watching this again but if it's on late night TV I might not change the channel. ” - walternefflives
Catch .44 (2011)
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For Tes (Akerman) and her two cohorts Kara (Nikki Reed) and Dawn (Deborah Ann Woll), the job sounded... (94 mins.)
Director: Aaron Harvey
“ It must of looked good on paper, but I have no idea how. It's the only reason I can explain them getting this cast. Impressive. This yappy and convoluted indie crime piece works way too hard and goes absolutely nowhere. One scene near the end (between Willis and Whitikar) works but everything else feels drawn-out and shapless. ” - walternefflives
Zombie Apocalypse (2011 TV Movie)
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Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. (87 mins.)
Director: Nick Lyon
“ Zombies movies are cheap to make, so why not use practical f/x. This movie is simply retarded, made moreso by unbelieveably shabby CGI. Than again, when you have characters disappear for extended periods of time within the same scene without explaination may be CGI is the least of your problems. ” - walternefflives
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ A vast improvement on the Swedish film. Fincher is the man. Master storyteller. ” - walternefflives
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
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Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (124 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ This is Cameron Crowe's second attempt at tackling the theme of dealing with death. This time he lands it but not in a specatular fashion. It feels like a Crowe movie without being a Crowe movie. His touch is there. Sometimes he is a little too onthenose and often leans on the cute kid (even with cutaways to her expressions that don't make sense) , but it all kind of works overall based on the strength of many of the characters. ” - walternefflives
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ An exerise in pure badassery. I love well-rounded action movies that toy with audiences expectations. A few too many flashbacks and quibbles here and there, but this is a ride. ” - walternefflives
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
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The story of Coco Chanel's rise from obscure beginnings to the heights of the fashion world. (105 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ Mostly devoid of genuine emotion. Some good performances cannot fix weak material. ” - walternefflives
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
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Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ A visual marvel that just seems to patter along. Besides a few cool scenes, I never felt engaged. It just feels like a bunch of stuff happening. ” - walternefflives
Red Tails (2012)
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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
“ Hokey as heck from storytelling to dialogue, although it does have it's charm. ” - walternefflives
Haywire (2011)
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A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)
“ Soderbergh is in full out The Limey mode with Carino turning in a not awful performance but she makes asskicking of full grown men feel 100% plausible. ” - walternefflives
The Edge of Love (2008)
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Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by the brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. (110 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
“ The look hooked me while the characters keep me at bay. The last 20 minutes feels a little contrived, pushing sympathy a little to hard in one direction. Not that masterpiece they were trying to be but still watchable. ” - walternefflives
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (129 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ When the filmmakers are staring the subject matter dead in the eyes, it's hard to deny it's power. They spend most of the story pussy-footing around the subject with a glorified scavanger hunt and a protagonist that is a brat. ” - walternefflives
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
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Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet. (110 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ They clearly ran out of ideas halfway through writing this, adding an alien slave into the mix but for some reason it mostly works. It really held my attention. ” - walternefflives
Chronicle (2012)
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Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ The central story is pretty captivating, but it's the main character that gives this movie a moody edge. The side characters are charming but are not given much depth, and everything those two only fit types. Still an exciting film. ” - walternefflives
Wind Chill (2007)
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Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there. (91 mins.)
Director: Gregory Jacobs
“ Meanders into a solid ghost story about halfway through, led by two unlikable and boring characters. It gets good but it takes a long time. ” - walternefflives
Evil Dead II (1987)
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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ A blast from front to back with a comic hint that makes it surpass the original. ” - walternefflives
War Horse (2011)
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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ This is an old fashion tale with Speilberg at his most Speilbergian. Not a classic but has plenty of the right elements to win you over. ” - walternefflives
London (2005)
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London is a drug laden adventure that centers on a party in a New York loft where a young man is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend. (92 mins.)
Director: Hunter Richards
“ Underdeveloped and overwritten, with good actors proping up trite material. It's better than it has any right to be. It's main failing is connecting us to the love interests. Biel and Evan lack on-screen chemistry. ” - walternefflives
Mercy (1995)
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A couple of people steal the daughter of a famous lawyer. Now they want money to give her back, but it's not just the money they want... (85 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ Inspite of some wayward acting, clunky dialogue, and downright amatuerish production, Mercy sort of works eventually. There are some really out-there moments, and Rockwell's promise explodes off the screen in an early role. Not good but interesting nevertheless. ” - walternefflives
The Artist (2011)
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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Such a wonderful film. Detailed and moving, and whismsical in all the right ways. I wish it would have ended a minute sooner, and the back end of the 2nd act was just a little bit tighter, but in this flock of best picture nods, it is one of the most deserving. ” - walternefflives
Starting Over (1979)
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A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel. (105 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
“ Reynolds leading man charms seeps through a little too much (especially the support group scenes) but Claybough and Bergen do a fantastic job bringing Brook's characters to life. The movie sags in the middle a little but it is charming throughout. ” - walternefflives
Beyond the Sea (2004)
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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth). (118 mins.)
Director: Kevin Spacey
“ Too much music makes this overlong movie drag, but fine performances and some solid direction by Spacey keep it watchable but not exceptional. ” - walternefflives
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
“ A step above some of his other films because it's actually hinged to a narrative. Has the same magic, although does not spand the creative boundaries of his other films. ” - walternefflives
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ The best picture nominee that I held out the longest on. Not too shabby. I was expecting the worst, but strong lead performances immerse us into the world that is being depected. Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis are phenominal, with only Bryce Dallas Howard turning into a bit of a caracture. ” - walternefflives
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ Although I sort of figured out the ending, the journey is riveting and at times so intense your heart starts racing. ” - walternefflives
Beautiful Boy (2010)
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A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life. (100 mins.)
Director: Shawn Ku
“ Two powerhouse performances and an provocative subject matter prop up a script that misses a few opportunities at brilliance. ” - walternefflives
Amigo (2010)
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A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War. (124 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ An interesting but not entirely engrossing film about the Amercian occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century. ” - walternefflives
Safe House (2012)
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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ Technically competant and enjoyable, but not very exciting action flick. ” - walternefflives
Let the Bullets Fly (2010)
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In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman. (132 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
“ This slap-stick action comedy is a blast. The oddball sense of humor lands with a thud at times, but it also grabs some surprisingly big laughs from unexpected places. It never fails to entertain. The big problem is the dialogue along with the subtitles, speed by, so I missed a bit of it (although the complicated plot is easy to follow). ” - walternefflives
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ A horror flick for the arthouse set. This non-linear storytelling enhances the run-of-the-mill Damon-lite material that often holds it's cards to close to the chest. It's Swinton, in a fantastic role, that holds it all together. ” - walternefflives
Assassination of a High School President (2008)
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At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed. (93 mins.)
Director: Brett Simon
“ "Brick" without all the *beep* posturing. This little high school detective noir is always fun and twisty. Although the final twist you can see coming from the moment it is established, the rest is very well done although never quite realistic. ” - walternefflives
Bless the Child (2000)
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Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an FBI agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities and the abductees are a Satanic cult wanting to harness her abilities. (107 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
“ Bad storytelling. Bad acting. Bad dialogue. Bad laughs. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. ” - walternefflives
21 Jump Street (2012)
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A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (110 mins.)
“ A self referencial delight without being a flatout parody. A lot of fun. ” - walternefflives
All Good Things (2010)
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Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
“ Interesting performances and subject matter, but the approach to the material feel a bit delibrate but the final half hour seems a little out-of-place. One problem is the writers can't seem to choose whose prospective they are telling the story from; David's or Katie's and we never get to know enough about David while sympathizing for Katie's pleight. ” - walternefflives
The Amityville Horror (1979)
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Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ Creepy and involving, but a little anticlimatic. ” - walternefflives
Yes, We're Open (2012)
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A couple experiment with having an open relationship. (79 mins.)
Director: Richard Wong
“ A well written and directed sex comedy that is firmly grounded in reality. ” - walternefflives
The Member of the Wedding (1952)
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A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding. (93 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ A stagey but brilliantly rendered film about a jealous tomboy who just wants to fit in. It doesn't all work but at times wallops you with perfect moments. ” - walternefflives
Casa de mi Padre (2012)
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Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord. (84 mins.)
Director: Matt Piedmont
“ A Spanish language soap parody that barely gets by on visual gags but does not have enough joke jokes overall. I think this is one that will grow on me in time. ” - walternefflives
The Hunger Games (2012)
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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ "The Hunger Games" movie gets a lot right but also misfires on some levels. It feels a little held back by its PG-13 rating. It never captures the despair and urgency of the book but rightly plays down the love triangle. Although Jennifer Lawerence is fantastic in the lead, Woody Harrelson flatout does not work as Haymitch and Elizabeth Banks is off-the-mark as Effie (my mind's eye casting choice of Kristin Chenoweth was way better). The costume design lacks authenticity, epecially for the citizens of The Capital, while not wowing us during key moments.

I can go on and on...

But this is also coming from a fan of the trilogy, where all these gripes would have never concerned me if I didn't read the books. I do recognize this is a pretty well-made movie that will be enjoyed throughly by the unaware. But for me....

B ” - walternefflives
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ It feels weighter than most of the Duplass Brothers movies, making it feel more dramatic than their previous works. Really solid central performances but it's Judy Greer that knocks it right out of the park in a smaller role. ” - walternefflives
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
“ A powerful subject that I was not prepared for, that battles it out with a really heavyhanded filmmaker who cannot keep himself from step in front of the camera both figurtively and literally. ” - walternefflives
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way. (104 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Although some of the dialogue feels a bit artificial, the movie itself is often brilliant. Even Keanu Reeves impressed me. ” - walternefflives
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
“ The fx is vastly superior to its predicessor leading to a stunning finale. However, they do not improve on the identically weak storyline where they don't even bother to explain away huge inconsistancies in the plotline. That would be forgivable if it weren't so boring. ” - walternefflives
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
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A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ The stabs at story development, plot twists, and emotional depth fall flat, but that's hardly the point. We showed for the action and that's what we get. This thing crunches, slices, and shoots it's way up that building with a pretty badass bad guy waiting at the top. ” - walternefflives
Goon (2011)
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Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
“ It's a funny and surprisingly sweet, with Sean William Scott turning in a stellar performance in a tricky role. Also great Liev Schreiber. The best hockey movie since Slap Shot (and no, I'm not overlooking The Mighty Ducks). ” - walternefflives
American Reunion (2012)
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Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
“ Not nearly as funny as the first two, American Reunion is a rehash of familiar themes with little in the way of character development. But fans (like me) will like it regradless of the missed opportunities. ” - walternefflives
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
“ It works because it's never short of emotionally genuine. These are real people, not sugar coated. ” - walternefflives
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ A hellava ride with more than enough surprises up it's sleeve. Clever, funny, and near brilliant. You can't ask for much more from the horror genre. ” - walternefflives
Good (2008)
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The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now. (92 mins.)
Director: Vicente Amorim
“ It's does a good job of showing how moral compromise can subtly change a person. Morteson does a fine job of coveying this. But the gears turn too slowly here, and the plot never really thickens beyond what you'd expect, while never giving us a true cinematic experience. ” - walternefflives
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
“ Lean, fast, and fun doc filled with information while being thin in the emotional sense. ” - walternefflives
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
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Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Peyton
“ The movies quality can be accessed by watching Michael Caine. Caine has done some pretty terrible movies in his career but he's never bad in them, so this is a first. In fact everyone, except for Hutchensen, is awful here with Luis Guzman taking home the turkey trophy. Pretty goofy, pretty lamebrained, but entertaining in bursts. ” - walternefflives
The Core (2003)
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The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again. (135 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ An impressive cast races to the center of the earth in an effort to save humanity. It makes for a terrible disaster movie with awful fx and laughable setpieces. As a space opera (per se) it's pretty good. Still a little goofy, but pretty good. ” - walternefflives
The Woman in Black (2012)
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A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ Effective ghost story that gave me plenty of chills. Great mood with some of the silliness found in many of these types of film. ” - walternefflives
John Carter (2012)
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Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior. (132 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Did not expect such a fun and lively popcorn film. ” - walternefflives
Tower Heist (2011)
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When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ The first act is nearly laugh-free but effectively reels us in, spending most of it's time setting things up. The third act is beyond far-fetched but could have been somewhat forgivable if character motivation were kept in tack. Not enough Murphy, whose second billing here is way off base. That being said, sort of enjoyable. ” - walternefflives
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ More of a recount of Bob Marley the legend not really Bob Marley the man. Filled with impressive footage and director Kevin MacDonald does a great job of pulling it all together although it could of been a good 15-20 minutes shorter. ” - walternefflives
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
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One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
“ Overlong and a bit uneven but often genuinely funny. ” - walternefflives
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball (2010 Video)
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Walter Weed is an unassuming desk jockey at the FBI when the Bureau uncovers a plot to assassinate him... (86 mins.)
Director: P.J. Pesce
“ Entirely too scattershot, underwritten, overly complicated, and goofy to be enjoyable in anything but short doses. ” - walternefflives
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff. (96 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ It gets off to a wayward start, but once Fields and Gleeson enter the picture, it all springs to life. Gleeson proves his greatness, with perect chemistry between Reynolds and Fields. It loses some speed when the chase becomes the focus but it never runs out of gas. ” - walternefflives
A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang... (113 mins.)
“ Stellan Skarsgård is restrained in a very good way. It's a moving performance, and the film has some very funny material but the material lacks scope. Too much information is repeated, so what could have been great is merly watchable. ” - walternefflives
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ A summer tentpole that stands tall. I have a few grips but overall, a blast. ” - walternefflives
Bunraku (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for. (124 mins.)
Director: Guy Moshe
“ There is an art to balancing the tone and style of a movie like this. If you can't find that balance it all goes wrong. This is a very good example. This messy, cheap, *beep* action pic wants to be the next Sin City or Kill Bill, but fails because it never emerses us into it's world. Between the bad sets and lighting that keeps calling attention to themselves (purposely), and the loud colors and staged fights, nothing seems to fully work. ” - walternefflives
Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
The Bandit goes on another cross-country run, transporting an elephant from Florida to Texas. And, once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is on his tail. (100 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ I few scattered laughs here and there, with a pretty fantastic desert chase scene (the lone highlight). Everything else is a belabored mess with an over elaborate screenplay that crashes and burns out all of charm from the original. ” - walternefflives
Safe (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. (94 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ The story is your standard man on a mission to stop the reveal gangsters, bad cops, and corruption that goes all the way up to the top all while protecting a child in peril. Yes, we've seen this before, but if you are up for that sort of thing, thanks to the strength of the directing, it works very well. One of Statham's better movies without using a qualifier. ” - walternefflives
Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Twenty five years on, the original cast and crew look back on the John Landis classic, An American Werewolf In London. (98 mins.)
Director: Paul Davis
“ Informative doc that runs longer than the movie it is the subject of. Pretty entertaining that packs everything you'd want to know in there. ” - walternefflives
The Double (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Brandt
“ A neat but not exceptional spy thriller that delivers just enough entertainment value to overlook little flubs here and there. ” - walternefflives
Jonah Hex (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth. (81 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Hayward
“ Wow, what a cast. Whoa, what a waste. A western that gets increasingly more preposterous as it moves along. ” - walternefflives
Burke and Hare (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ It has enough laughs to recommend but at some point you completely lose any routing interests in these characters, although the chemistry between the leads helps. ” - walternefflives
The Dictator (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ It doesn't have the satirical edge of Borat and Bruno, but it is funny all the same. ” - walternefflives
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Gets off to a strong start but starts to meander 20 minutes in. Crisp visuals and game performances keep it all somewhat entertaining even as the underdeveloped material flatlines. ” - walternefflives
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Just as you think it's going to find it's barrings, the movie repeatedly hits the breaks. ” - walternefflives
The Raven (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Nevermore boring and predictable. I knew who was the killer in the first act. Overall it's just clunks. ” - walternefflives
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ A worthy sequel that does not repeat old jokes and site-gags, has a pretty fun story, and is always entertaining. ” - walternefflives
The Three Stooges (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality television show. (92 mins.)
“ *beep* made me laugh. I could have done without the Jersey Shore *beep* and there are a few misses, but those lead performances are so great. They made me feel like it was Sunday mornings when I was a kid. ” - walternefflives
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
“ Shirley McLaine blew me away. She is so so good here. Jack Black totally surprised me. I didn't think he had this in him. Only McConhaughy is a little wayward, everything else is pitch perfect. ” - walternefflives
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ This is one of the most visually stunning movies I've seen in awhile. The look alone made it worth watching (the dwarfs played by some of our best character actors boggles the mind in a 'How they do that?' sort of way). You never feel a real connection between Snow White and the huntsman, but to the filmmakers credit they don't force it either. Theron looks great(costumes, make-up, all top-notch) and goes for broke. Stewart is a bit blank here and we are asked to stretch the believe-o-meter a bit toward the end. Even still, these all feel like minor quibbles. This thing is pretty impressive. ” - walternefflives
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Sci-fi that raises more questions than answers is always the best kind. This movie is stunningly beautiful, especially in 3D on a giant Imax screen. It has it's flaws and the climax is very different from anything before it but the overall experience is so immersive it almost doesn't even matter. ” - walternefflives
Dance Flick (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Street dancer Thomas Uncles is from the wrong side of the tracks, but his bond with the beautiful Megan White might help the duo realize their dreams as they enter in the mother of all dance battles. (83 mins.)
“ The dance portions (which are few) and Shawn Wayans' brief appearances made me laugh, everything else is pretty painful to sit through. Watching gag after gag fall completely flat while actors mug for the camera is an excruciating. ” - walternefflives
That's My Boy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding. (116 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
“ It's funny but even with the hard R rating, the movie feels like it is coasting along in that Big Daddy/Mr.Deeds fashion. Nothing here is particularly memorable, not even in a lowbrow sort of way, although Sandler is very good here. ” - walternefflives
House of Wax (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit. (108 mins.)
“ Not that bad. I mean, you got to sit through an excruciating 45 minutes with character's so unlikable you would wish they were cardboard. Then it turns into a slasher flick, except with some pretty impressive sets and a really cool finale. ” - walternefflives
Disappearing Acts (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A couple in the midst of a tumultuous relationship fight to stay together. (115 mins.)
“ An unbearable slog that is overly melodramatic. Wasted talent on trite material. ” - walternefflives
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ You just get swept up in the film's charm. I can't believe I'm thinking this; dare I say 'Better than Rushmore'? ” - walternefflives
Artie Lange: Jack and Coke (2009 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As raw and offensive as ever, Artie Lange returns to his roots in JACK AND COKE, shot at one of his favorite clubs in his beloved New York City. (87 mins.)
Director: Scott DePace
“ Sort of hit and miss. Lange is at his best when he is storytelling, while much of the material is a bit one-note. What really sunk it for me is the weak direction, stuff like cutting to the one black guy over and over to make the racist material go over easier only makes it worse. Pumping up the laugh track is also pretty terrible. ” - walternefflives
O'Horten (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten's existence: the evening of his retirement. (90 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
“ Feels like a Jim Jarmusch movie where we just meander along with one characters, only this character is not very well drawn. He seems like a totally different person, depending on the scene. It begins to gain some traction at the around the hour mark, but despite those moments, the movie feels lost. ” - walternefflives
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ Two great movie smushed together to make a single decent one. Actually the B-plot turns out to be be the more interesting of the two. And although everything on screen is good, neither storyline pays off in a satisfying way. ” - walternefflives
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
“ Plan and simple but so genuine thanks to natural and completely authentic performances, as well as material that seems to come from a entirely humane place. ” - walternefflives
Ace in the Hole (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus. (111 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ It only faltures at the end when our lead grows too big a heart. Up until that point it's a pretty savage satire of the news industry. ” - walternefflives
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
“ A fasinating and lean documentary focused on a master sushi chef and his tiny restaurant. ” - walternefflives
Hysteria (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science. (100 mins.)
Director: Tanya Wexler
“ Annoyingly self-reflective and never as funny or randy as it thinks it is (but it certainly gives seniors the giggles). I never bought a moment of this film. It's all too self-aware to the point that everytime Gylanhaal spoke I wondered when she would jump back into her time machine to return to the 21st century. ” - walternefflives
My Wife Is an Actress (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A "normal" guy who is married to a hot actress gets worried that she is involved with her costar. This worry turns into jealousy and causes problems in their relationship. This is a story about trust and a comedy about the actions between men and women. (95 mins.)
Director: Yvan Attal
“ A slight but charming comedy. ” - walternefflives
Season of the Witch (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. (95 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
“ Not as bad as I thought it would be, just sort of flat overall with some really lousy effects. ” - walternefflives
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori. (106 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
“ Good solid characters with a decent story until it falls apart in the third act. But the biggest problem; it's not all that funny. Too many misses. ” - walternefflives
Cape Fear (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (128 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ It's been long enough that I felt this would be okay to add to this list. It's expert. I love the way it's shot, and the story is ratcheted up in just the right way. DeNiro chews the scenery and Nolte finds just the right balance. It does rely on the "unknown" elements of the story to much with the mother and daughter (just frickin' tell what an animal this guy is) and the ending goes three steps too big, but all-in-all this is a hellava yarn. ” - walternefflives
Take This Waltz (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ Movies of this sort take the road and veer off in one direction or the other but not many follow it around the bend. This is what sets the "Waltz" apart and saves a film from itself. The often overstylized but never surefooted dialogue annoys, especially between Williams and Kirby. The chemistry is there but the banter feels forced, and oft-times Williams' odd delivery gets in the way when on screen with Rogen. With the exception of one scene, Rogen is very good as clueless husband. The scene in question is as much Polley's fault as Rogens. Silverman is the cast member that steals the show. It's a movie that is tough to get a grip on. So much fails, but a lot works, especially in the final act. It's now the night after and I'm thinking, That's something I'd like to rewatch. ” - walternefflives
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work... (83 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ It's characters jabbering on, but enjoyably so. I kept waiting for the moment things started to come together, characters started to flesh out, storylines began to crop up, but no. This movie has none of those things. It coasts on the likability of its leads. I can't recommend this based on it's complete aimlessness, it but should have hated it more. In a strange way that's a compliment. ” - walternefflives
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Amazing? No, just passable thanks to a fine cast (with exception of Sheen; Cliff Robertson was owns that role). It all feels a bit drawn out, and even with vastly superior effects the action lacks the pazazz of Raimi's versions. And although Garfield is good here, he doesn't match Macguire because he too confident and feels like he's overcoming anything. Rhys Ians is terrific, the always lovely and amazing Stone remains that way here. The costume design is fantastic (thigh-highs?! Oh, Thank you). All-in-all, good but underwhelmed. ” - walternefflives