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Pirates of the Caribbean fans can pre-order their own Elizabeth Swann Pop! Vinyl Figure for the low, low price of $10.

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Everest

by Cap'n Carrot on September 18, 2015 · 0 comments

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Based on a true story, Everest recounts the events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. There have been plenty of mountain climbing movies over the years and Everest does little to break from the pack. Working against the movie is the extended opening which plays like a Travel Channel infomercial attempting to sell the audience on traveling to Nepal to climb the world’s biggest mountain with the help of experts like Rob Hall‘s (Jason Clarke) Adventure Consultants.

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Just in time for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue photographer Jason Bell offers us three short films showcasing various British actors reenacting a wide breadth of scenes from American cinema. The various stars include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, James Corden, Kenneth Branagh, Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Irons, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Orlando Bloom, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jude Law, Jack Huston, James McAvoy, Sally Hawkins, Clive Owen, Tom Hiddleston, and Felicity Jones, but Keira Knightley steals the spotlight with her recreation of the famous orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally…

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Family, friendship, and the struggle to find oneself’s place in the world were the big themes on my list this year. Looking back the year might not have offered me the clear winner to top the list (I gave out no perfect score for any film this year), but it still offered a solid list of ten movies worth noting and celebrating. As always, I tried to see as much as possible but there are a few films, most notably Whiplash and Gone Girl, which eluded me. Others like Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, and American Sniper won’t release in my home market in 2014 (and which I was unable to view and/or review before the publishing of this list) are also not included (although you might see a couple of them turn up in my mid-year list of Best Movies of 2015 So Far next year). Enough with what didn’t make the cut, here is my list of the Top Ten Movies of 2014.

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The Imitation Game

by Cap'n Carrot on December 25, 2014 · 0 comments

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Code breaking is an art as much as a science and never was it needed, or more artfully accomplished, than by the British during World War II. Set during the middle of Second World War, The Imitation Game follows an unlikely group of scholars, mathematicians, linguists, chess champions, and intelligence officers who were thrown together with the singular goal of breaking Germany’s unbreakable code known as Enigma. Enter Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who might have been the biggest hero of the war if every advancement he made in cryptology (including the creation of the first computer) hadn’t been state secrets until well after his death.

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Laggies

by Cap'n Carrot on November 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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Director Lynn Shelton‘s Laggies is an odd film that attempts to blend character study with rom-com tropes. It lacks the satiric wit and humorous mean-spiritedness of Young Adult but plays on similar themes of a protagonist struggling to grow-up. Andrea Seigel‘s script is kept afloat in its weaker moments thanks to an engaging performance by its star and a clear message about the struggles of finding oneself as an adult and the odd paths we take to get there.

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We now have a full-length trailer for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing tasked with breaking the Nazi codes created by the German’s Enigma machine during World War II. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong also star. The film opens in theaters on November 21st.

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If you’ve got some time on your hands this Fourth of July weekend head over to RazorFine Review where you can find my list of The Top Ten Movies of 2014 (so far).

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Written and directed by John Carney, Begin Again is simply a joy to watch. At times this tale of the mismatched pair of a record label exec (Mark Ruffalo) whose life is swirling around the drain and a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) dealing with crushing rejection of her now-successful longtime writing partner and boyfriend (Adam Levine) comes dangerously close to being too cute for its own good. Thankfully Carney’s choice to ground the film in serious issues such as heartbreak, betrayal, estranged families, and politics of the music business balances the film’s hopeful tone and message to prevent the movie from ever becoming too cliche or sappy.

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Keira Knightley stops by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss her new film Begin Again. Check back next week for my review!

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