Movie Review: Django Unchained

Movie Review: Django Unchained

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                Warning: this review contains a spoiler. Definitely one of the most talked-about movies in recent years, Django Unchained made its way into theaters this past Christmas and has been causing a ruckus ever since. Quentin Tarantino’s latest historical piece follows the story of former slave Django Freeman and his liberator, Dr. King Schultz, on their journey around the southern parts of the U.S. while they collect bounties and ultimately set out to free Django’s wife, Broomhilda. Since its release, Django Unchained has received what can best be described as a plethora of mixed reviews, but this film is magnificent. Quentin Tarantino’s done it again. Admittedly, this movie is not for everyone. Due to its graphic nature and gritty content, I do not…
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Movie Review: Skyfall

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The third and final chapter of the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond films, Skyfall hit theaters in early November and made a big splash in box offices worldwide. Probably the most dramatic of the newer Bond films, Skyfall starts out with James on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and he suffers an injury that forces him to go off the grid. But he’s soon forced back into the world when MI6 faces its greatest threat to date. Does James still have what it takes to save MI6, or will this new foe prove to be too much for our beloved action-hero? Admittedly not my favorite Bond film, and not even my favorite of the Craig Bond trilogy, Skyfall still has one quality that every movie needs: a great cast. The…
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Movie Review: End of Watch

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The latest police-based drama from the creative mind behind Training Day, S.W.A.T., and Street Kings, David Ayer’s End of Watch stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena in a gritty action-drama about two hot-shot, hero cops whose lives get turned upside down. The movie begins with a car chase in which two men are gunned down after firing on officers Taylor and Zavala, close friends and partners. After getting assigned to a new district upon their return, the pair runs into a series of events that will change them forever. If you like the TV show Cops, you just might like this film. End of Watch is basically Cops on steroids, but with a deeper insight into the personal lives of the officers on the show. With plenty of action, heart-warming…
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Movie Review: Total Recall: A Movie Worth Recalling

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A remake of the classic 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger futuristic action flick, Total Recall hit theaters in early August, putting a new spin on the much-loved classic. Director Len Wiseman teams up with a small crew of writers and the latest computer-generated effects in an effort to bring the original Paul Verhoven film into the 21st century. Total Recall starts out following the life of seemingly ordinary working man Doug Quaid. Unhappy with his life, Doug goes to try out “Rekall,” a virtual simulator that gives you any memory you ask for, for the right price. But things go awry when Doug finds out he’s actually a secret agent whose memory’s been replaced, and that’s when not-so-average Doug embarks on an adrenaline-fueled adventure that he won’t soon forget… again. I don’t…
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The Avengers: The Mightiest Comic Book Movie on Earth

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Arguably the greatest superhero movie of all time, The Avengers hit theaters with Hulk-smashing box office records. Marvel Studios released their latest and greatest film in May, and they did not disappoint. The film opens on experiments taking place inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, when an unexpected interruption from Loki, last seen in Thor, throws the whole operation out of order. Loki takes the Tesseract, the object of the experiments and a source of unlimited power, and threatens the world with war and ultimate destruction. This new threat forces Nick Fury to call upon Earth’s mightiest heroes and form a new super-team, the Avengers! Whether you’re a fan of the original comic books, the top-notch cast, or seemingly non-stop action, I almost guarantee that you will love this movie. The film…
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Have an Appetite for Action? Try the Hunger Games

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Said to be one of the most anticipated films based on a book series, The Hunger Games tells the heart-wrenching story of a girl who’d do anything to protect her younger sister, and a society that takes pleasure in watching the suffering of the less fortunate among them. This gripping science-fiction tale is set in the post-war capitol city of Panem and its 12 surrounding districts. The story is centered on a televised blood-sport tournament in which two representatives from each district, one male and one female, fight to the death for the amusement of the rest of the nation. The story begins when heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, offers herself as a sacrifice to take the place of her younger sister, who was chosen to take part…
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