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The Beginning is okay., 25 April 2016
6/10

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The Beginning is okay. What did not work! A repeat of Leatherface running around. Same characters. Evil ones deranged, and people running around scared. Missing the shock of the first. What worked: The telling and evolution the deranged family, and Leather faces origin. Sad, disturbed, and isolating character development. The longer creation of the character development of the victims. The first half was strong, but the second half evolved into a remake of the first instalment. The original was better at creating the fear. 6 out of 10. Okay to watch. I would choose the first remake over the beginning. The ending had an impact.

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Hateful waste of a movie., 16 April 2016
3/10

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The Hateful Eight is a Hateful waste of a film! Quentin Tarantino can create entertaining, original films. BUT after a few good films, Quentin craps out a real dog of a movie. I like dogs but the Hateful Eight is one ugly dog of a movie. When there is no script, story, etc we have a crap film. A crap film filled with shock, gore, profanity, racial slurs, pushing the limits with abuse, depravity etc, because there is nothing else to show. I wonder what was in the mind of the writer/director? Then again I don't want to know. Hateful Eight gives you a big name like Kurt Russell to suck you in. The only bright spot was Russell's acting and role. Otherwise, slow and slower, then gross shock/stupid. The sub story, and plot twist just look dumb. The Hateful Eight is worse than water boarding. 3 out of 10. Hateful to the viewer!

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A true movie classic!, 23 March 2016
9/10

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A true movie classic. Francis Ford Coppola unfolds two story lines past and present with graceful transitions. The beauty and symmetry of the lighting, sets, mixes with the symbolisms of the Catholic church, America, and family was directed brilliantly. The statue of liberty scene is a classic. Pacino, De Niro, and the rest of the cast creates a film energy which is captive for the audience. Pacino's mod boss role shines with strength, dishonesty, and cleverness. The "senator we are all part of the same hypocrisy" resonates what the film is about. De Niro aka Vito brilliants acts out a story of a man pushed into crime who is a ruthless killer, and also plays with his children. De Niro's dualism creates ironic realism of the Vito character. The Godfather Part two sub stories of betrayal, honor, dishonor, corruption, and the damage of the characters' sin is a story which leaves an impact. A long movie, with painful scenes, but worth an Academy award.

1 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Not as good as the first instalment!, 15 March 2016
6/10

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Not as good as the first instalment! London Has fallen is entertaining, but just an another action movie. What worked: The beginning drone strike grabs the viewers attention. Implausible, (unbelievable) attacks but still exciting. Buttler has some good alpha male moments. What did not work: The arms dealer storyline is unbelievable. Buttler's wife/child character development scenes drag the storyline and add nothing to it. Many of the secondary characters come across flat. The director could not create the energy and passion of the first film. Regrettably, the first instalment used up most of the good material. Took the money and ran with part two. Still watchable. Reminds me of the Die-hard series.

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Watchable, 27 February 2016
7/10

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The Force Awakens is enjoyable to watch, but not original at all. The Force Awakens is a duplicate of the original Star Wars! The movie's script has another Death/planet star weapon which explodes. An escaped droid with a secret message. Another Darth Vader, which we can call mini Darth Vader. Awakens' story cumulates with another rebel attack ending. More light saber duels, an a character dies in Obe One fashion! However, not a bad film! What works well for The Force Awakens is: Retells the Star Wars story well. The beginning starts off strong with an evil dark side attack on a village. The introductions of new characters stirs excitement for the viewers. Who what they are and what they are doing? Preplexies the viewer. Regrettably Minus the new Vader, the new characters becomes stale and add little to the redundant story. What saves the storyline is the reintroduction of Hans Solo/Harrison Ford. Ford's charismatic performance save the stale script. Fisher and the rest of the old cast creates the old magic and momentum for the 2nd half The force awakens. The old cast ending creates excitement for next instalment. Worth watching! B B 8 is cute character worth watching. Fun to watch for a new generation of fans.

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A good movie for a complicated story., 13 February 2016
7/10

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The Big Short is a well acted movie where the character driven sub stories meld perfectly into the main story of the mortgage fraud of the U S housing market. Pitt's, Bale's, and Goseling's performances were believable money people. Pitt is an introvert whose quirks make the money man see the truth. Bale is an exesentialistic thinker who is ahead of the curve for market trends, Goseling is a slick Wall Street salesman. Surprisingly, Carrell stole the show as the hyper, (every one of the these movie characters would be regrettably labelled with a disability instead of a gift by today's mainstream society) brutally honest moral conscience of The Big Short. What The Big Short does well is merge the sub stories into explaining the complexities of the mortgage crisis. The biggest fraud in the history of the U S. Investors were fraudulently buying crap, bundled mortgages, which creates false demand and price increases in the housing market. As with all realists , ridicule and attacks follow until proved right. What hits most is when Carrell's character wallows in disbelief over the corruption as the housing market crashes, He refuses to sell his shares wanting to be proved wrong. He was hoping he was wrong. Seven out of ten stars. Time well spent.

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Realistic, gritty and gut wrenching., 7 February 2016
9/10

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Realistic, gritty and gut-wrenching. 13 Hours is one of 2016 better movies! What worked: Realistic characters. The security team is hard driven Alph males go getters which are proactive people. The security team characters have nothing to prove, but need to decompress guy in style fashion! We see how such tough guys just react during stressful situations, but crash when the adrenaline come down. One gets a feel for the people. The politics, and short sightedness of of government official creates tension and clashes with the security team emulates the realistic working environment of the C I A. The government-less state where the local security could be your enemy displays the difficulties and fears for the dangerous security mission. The ending where, 13 Hour's creates a realistic gritty portrayal of the secret soldiers who gut wrenchingly disobeyed orders and fought sacrificed saving many, but not the ambassador during the Benghazi attacks. What did not work: 13 hours gives little input or reason about the incompetence, and lack of actions resulting help not arriving. Maybe time constrains, or not knowing why, is the reason for 13 Hours lack of answers. I would like to read the book now and find out more. 9 out of 10. Best movie of this type scene the Hurt locker.

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A good movie but over hyped!, 17 January 2016
7/10

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A good movie, but over hyped. If not for all the hype, I would say The Revenant is a solid movie. A break from Hollywood's political correct narrative where the storyline is black and white. With characters and groups are all evil or all good, The Revenant is a grey storyline clouded with the premise of what really happened! As it is in the wild, nomadically running around the social contract, and rule of law diminish into natural law. The law of nature where if one goes hungry if the hunt does not go well, you could be the one hunted. One could even understand the brute, Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), was trying to survive as a cunning animal. The bear was trying to protect her cubs. The Revenant tries to show the brutality of nature. Would not be to quick in urban society if there were food shortages,people would revert back to 150 to 200 hundred years ago. The Revenant accurately creates the good and evil of people in a desperate experience. 7 out of 10

The Grudge 3 is a 3 out of 10, 9 January 2016
3/10

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The Grudge 3 is a 3 out of 10. What did not work! The Grudge 3 played all the story lines out in the first 2. The story lines where dull, as seen it done it before. Being chased by spooky spirits over and over again! Flat movie characters. None of the characters are interesting. Build up dialogue is cumbersome creating no interest in the characters. Zero character development. The slow burn directing of the first two stories did not develop. The Grudge 3 jumps from sub story to sub story without any connection of story with the viewer. The Grudge 3 has this guy who is a jerk spells out that he will be a victim.. There was no ending to the story or explanation. Just crap happens and the cycle continues. 3 out of 10, only because there was some good special effects and a couple of scares. The Grudge makers ran with the money on this film. The only scare was actually watching part 3.

Paddington (2014)
A strong comic film., 3 January 2016
7/10

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Paddington works well. All the great ingredients of a good film. A compelling story. Will Paddington find a home in a new environment? The fish out of water humour of Paddington's adventure works well. The chain reaction silly event comedy done in a silly British way! Likable characters Paddington, the family and the villain were well casted. We can relate with the story arch of each character. The comic,dramatic, and evil characters all deliver strong performances. The director knows when to create drama, empathy, and comedy with the right timing. Paddington (the character and movie) is silly and even more silly. A good escape for adults as well as children. The effects where not too C G Iish 7 out of 10 stars.


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