Films Seen for the First Time in December 11

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1.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
2.
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
3.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ 3.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
4.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
5.
Carnage (2011)
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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. (80 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
6.
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
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
7.
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
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Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Loach
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
8.
Water for Elephants (2011)
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Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife. (120 mins.)
“ 3.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
9.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
“ 3.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
10.
Win Win (2011)
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A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
11.
Bringing Up Bobby (2011)
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A con artist moves her son to a conservative neighborhood in Oklahoma in an effort to build a better future, but it doesn't take long for her past to catch up with her, and for her son's behavior to cause problems of its own. (93 mins.)
Director: Famke Janssen
“ 3.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
12.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
13.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. (90 mins.)
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
14.
Rio (2011)
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When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
15.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
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Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. (113 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
16.
The Dilemma (2011)
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A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ 2.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
17.
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
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Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else... (83 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
18.
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
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During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin... (63 mins.)
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
19.
Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ 4.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
20.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
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Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine
“ 4.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
21.
Your Highness (2011)
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When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her... accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. (102 mins.)
“ 2.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
22.
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
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
23.
Cedar Rapids (2011)
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Tim Lippe has no idea what he's in for when he's sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to represent his company at an annual insurance convention, where he soon finds himself under the "guidance" of three convention veterans. (87 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
24.
Viva Riva! (2010)
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Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital... (98 mins.)
“ 4.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
25.
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
“ 5.0 stars (!!!) ” - tjmarksman71
 
26.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)
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A group of 30-year-olds who have been friends since high school attempt to throw an end-of-summer orgy. (95 mins.)
“ 2.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
27.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
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The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. (133 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
28.
Peacock (2010)
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A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk. (90 mins.)
Director: Michael Lander
“ 2.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
29.
Cinema Verite (2011 TV Movie)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show. (86 mins.)
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
30.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011)
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A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world. (89 mins.)
“ 2.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
31.
New Year's Eve (2011)
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The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve. (113 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ 2.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
32.
Red State (2011)
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Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda. (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ 4.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
33.
Country Strong (2010)
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A rising country-music songwriter works with a fallen star to work their way to fame, causing romantic complications along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Shana Feste
“ 3.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
34.
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
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Four socially troubled 18-year-olds from the south of England go on holiday to Malia. (97 mins.)
Director: Ben Palmer
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
35.
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.)
“ 4.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
36.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009)
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Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court. (147 mins.)
“ 4.0 stars ” - tjmarksman71
 
37.
The First Grader (2010)
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The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. (103 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ 3.5 stars ” - tjmarksman71