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Guillermo del Toro's large scale movie is about aliens rising up from the Pacific Ocean and brave humans who make crazy big robots to fend them away. One robot wields an oil tanker to hit an alien with it. In its purest form, it's two-hour and ten minutes of "monster-thwacking." But the cast features Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Robert Kazinsky, so that's good. Some say it's got "affection and artistry," others say it's "wafer-thin psychodrama and plot-generator dialogue."
Grown Ups 2
Reunion sequel. Four dudes are back together again again. The dudes are: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Kevin James. Oh, Taylor Lautner and Patrick Schwarzenegger make appearances as frat bros, which is more information that confirms what you know about the quality of this movie. Here's a "great" review of a "great" review.
Sebastian Silva's drugtrip/roadtrip movie features Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann as the worst of American tourists and gets incredible performances out of both actors. The movie is funny, smart, biting, and sincere. Go see it! Rich Juzwiak's review is here.
Ryan Coogler's well-intentioned film is based on the true story of the last day of the life of Oscar Grant (a searching, cerebral performance from Michael B. Jordan) and a fateful encounter on a BART train on New Year's Eve in 2009. The breakout of Sundance 2013, it righteously, inspiringly, and heartbreakingly covers the murder of an unarmed 22-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer. Most sources report crying.
A divisive, stressful Thomas Vinterberg film about a kindergarten teacher (Mads Mikkelsen) wrongly accused of child molestation and the town witch-hunt that follows. Mikkelsen won Best Actor at Cannes (2012) and it's a riveting performance as a quietly affecting, honorable man facing mob mentality.
More frightening than the original found-footage extravagance of V/H/S, V/H/S/2's new set of directors come back with an indie horror collection that is also gory, bloody, and unsettling. Any motion-sickness-inclined horror fans will have a great time. All others, be sure to GTFO.
Icelandic director of Contraband Baltasar Kormakur returns with a shipwreck thriller inspired by an actual crash in 1984 and an amazing human feat of survival. The film succeeds with "impressively realistic sea scenes that rival the best work of James Cameron and Wolfgang Petersen."
Robert De Niro is an American military veteran. John Travolta is a ruthless Serbian tourist/war criminal in a "preposterous casting stunt." They interact.
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Pawn Shop Chronicles
Wayne Kramer's "hillbilly grindhouse yawp of a movie" looks like a big ole mess. The horror film incorporates three connected short films that share themes of men in masks and violence. It's basically a round-house kick to the head of horror chaos. The movie features Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Kevin Rankin, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Elijah Wood.
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