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If the Worst Monster Trucks Reviews Appeared in Its Trailer

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Honest Trailers – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Feat. Michael Bolton)

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Trailer time – Logan

by Cap'n Carrot on January 23, 2017 · 0 comments

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The new red band trailer gives us a closer look and the upcoming post-apocalyptic X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Dafne Keen as X-23. Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant also star. Logan opens in theaters on March 3rd.

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20th Century Women

by Cap'n Carrot on January 20, 2017 · 0 comments

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I was a big enough fan of writer/director Mike Mills‘ 2011 film Beginners to include it on my best of the year list. In his first film since Beginners, Mills reuses themes of nostalgia and the awkwardness of life along with some of the same structure (including inter-cut stills and narration to frame a time and place), but although 20th Century Women features a strong cast it lacks the intimacy and magic of his previous movie.

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When his 80 year-old father-in-law (Frank Langella) announces plans to return to Oregon to kill himself, Brian (Billy Crudup) finds himself forced to drive his step-parents across country in this film directed by Avatar and Bones star Joel David Moore. Nicola Peltz, Christina Applegate, and Josh Lucas also star. Youth In Oregon opens in theaters on February 3rd.

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Elle

by Cap'n Carrot on January 13, 2017 · 0 comments

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elle-movie-reviewIsabelle Huppert is marvelous as the sixty-something head of a successful video game company who is raped in her apartment by a stranger in a ski mask. Refusing to tell the police, Michèle instead continues on as if nothing happened even as she begins to suspect that one of her resentful employees may be her attacker. Filled with mostly depressed and confused characters, somehow the film is never as bleak as its subject matter might lead you to believe.

Despite being raped in the movie’s opening scene, Michèle is anything but a victim; she’s smart, successful, and in complete control of both her company and libido. Elle isn’t a revenge fantasy or a drama focused on our protagonist coming to terms with the attack. Director Paul Verhoeven, no stranger to erotic or psychological thrillers, has something much different in mind in screenwriter David Birke‘s adaptation of Philippe Djian‘s novel. And Michèle is no angel, sleeping with the husband (Christian Berkel) of her best friend (Anne Consigny), and lusting after her neighbor (Laurent Lafitte) despite their age difference and his wife (Virginie Efira).

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Oh look, another TV show turned into a movie. How original. Michael Peña and Dax Shepard star as Ponch and Jon in this theatrical remake of the late 70s television show. Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, and Vincent D’Onofrio also star. CHiPs opens in theaters on March 24th.

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A Monster Calls

by Cap'n Carrot on January 6, 2017 · 0 comments

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Reminiscent of other movies about a kid losing himself in his imagination rather than deal with the difficulties of his life, A Monster Calls is a visually impressive adaptation of the book of the same name. The story may not offer a darkness as palpable as “The Nothing” (points for all who get that reference), but there’s plenty of real emotion beyond Conor’s (Lewis MacDougall) struggle to hide from both the constant bullying at school and his mother’s (Felicity Jones) deteriorating health.

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2016 may have lacked the one knockout film to top my list, but as a whole the year produced a number of quality movies adding a depth that made it difficult to cut down the list to a meager ten. Honorable mentions include animated features Kubo and the Two Strings and Finding Dory, Mel Gibson‘s divisive Hacksaw Ridge, and the bizarrely fascinating indie gems The Eyes of My Mother, Swiss Army Man, and The Neon Demon. Enough of what didn’t make the list, on to the Best Movies of 2016!

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For the Love of Spock

by Cap'n Carrot on January 4, 2017 · 0 comments

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for-love-of-spock-dvdBegun before his father’s death as part of Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary, Adam Nimoy takes a look at Leonard Nimoy‘s life and career, most notably his role as Spock. Including interviews from a wide swath of new and classic Trek actors, Nimoy interviews William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Zoe Saldana, along with famous fans of Star Trek including Jim Parsons, Jason Alexander, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Although it doesn’t go into much depth about Nimoy’s life or his career, there are some nice anecdotes here and some fun classic stills and footage from his early career. Fans of Star Trek should enjoy themselves.

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