[DVD] Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise is the quintessential 1980s film… except it was made in the early 1990s. It’s the very definition of a cult film, and an enduring one at that. Released on 27 January 1995, with a budget of $2.5 million, the film only grossed roughly $5.5 million at the box office with a $1.5 million…

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[DVD] Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game written by Michael Lewis in 2003 about Billy Beane and his approach to building the Oakland Athletics roster was a good book that introduced the concept of sabermetrics to the masses. For whatever reason, it was decided to adapt this book to the silver screen (which normally…

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[Theaterical] Frozen (2013)

Disney’s canon films are almost always very good, and even the misses have their high points. Frozen is Disney’s first film since Wreck-It Ralph and it continues the trend of using computer animation, rather than the traditional 2D hand-drawn animation that Disney was once known for. Billed as a musical – it certainly delivers on…

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[Theaterical] Catching Fire (2013)

Catching Fire is the sequel to The Hunger Games. As the middle novel of the trilogy, it has a lot to live up to. Or in this case, the cinematic sequel to the successful adaptation of the first novel. Most of the time, sequels don’t quite live up to the original – or they have…

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[DVD] Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is a nice little time capsule of a film. It’s also become a beloved Halloween tradition for many people, especially since it’s not too scary for most little ones – and is a fantastic family film. Hocus Pocus was released in 1993 and has stood the test of time for two decades with…

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[Theaterical] The Wizard of Oz 3D IMAX (1939)

The Wizard of Oz. Really, what more do I need to say about America’s most iconic movie? How many other movies can use a simple concept from the movie itself and be instantly recognized by the vast majority of the general public? All of those are simple rhetorical questions – there are obviously very few…

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[Theaterical] The Great Gatsby 3D (2013)

Baz Luhrmann (the director) is well known for producing movies with visual splendor aplenty, that happen to be lacking in content or become horribly altered from their original source material. This reputation of Luhrmann’s rests upon the critical reception of a couple of his previous movies: Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). Romeo…

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[DVD] The Artist (2011)

The Artist won Best Picture (2011) beating out The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. It’s certainly a suitable and deserving winner out of that group of nominees (the expanded field that year wasn’t quite top-notch, but there isn’t a clear…

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[DVD] The Big Year (2011)

  The Big Year (2011) happens to be one of those films that seem to be utterly forgettable, even when it was recently released. I ran across the DVD of this at the library and went, ‘huh… they actually released a movie with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson together? Must have been recent…’….

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[DVD] Vertigo (1958)

I have to make a confession – I’ve never watched a Hitchcock film. Of course I knew of his reputation and I’ve been meaning to get to one of his films. It just never happened until I bit the bullet and watched Vertigo (1958). I figured it was as good a place to start as…

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