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There seems to be only three genres for young adult novels that get turned into films: dystopian future where all the kids are fighting for their lives, the standard issued vampire/werewolf love stories, and sick kids falling in love.

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The problem with Tusk unfortunately is not that its absurd premise can’t make a decent movie, it’s that Smith doesn’t have a screenplay to support more than, let’s say, 30 minutes of screen time.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman anchors this John le Carré adaptation and makes it compelling, even when the film’s rambling tendencies threaten to derail it.

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[Minor Rock Fist Up] Michael Fassbender plays the titular misfit in Frank, the debut from director Lenny Abrahamson and writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank follows a young wannabe musician named Jon (played by Domhnall Gleeson) who desperately wants to escape his sleepy life for stardom and adoration. As luck would have it, he stumbles upon a [...]

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Happy Christmas, a product of the low-budget, realism-oriented mumblecore movement, is anything but. It’s a small, thoughtful comedy that’s more concerned with believable characters and relationships than it is with highly-scripted dialogue or memorable set pieces.

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If I Stay follows Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cellist prodigy as she faces the biggest decision of her teenage life, does she stay with punk rock family and boyfriend in Portland or head east to attend school at the esteemed Juilliard.

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The Giver is the quiet insightful kid at the party, who says something hilarious under their breath, but within earshot of a louder more boisterous partygoer. The loud person shouts the hilarious observation, and gets all of the credit, leaving a stalwart few to point out that, actually, someone else said it first.

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Brendan Gleeson stars in a dark comedy/mystery/character actors’ dream about a priest given a week to live before a stranger plans to kill him.

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Magic in the Moonlight is not terrible, but it’s far from Woody Allen‘s best. This is Allen playing it safe, with material that’s familiar both in the setting, and the theme.

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Some movies this summer and every summer manage to rise above some silly source material to be something that is genuinely compelling or at the very least interesting. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not one of them.

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Writer/director Andrew Levitas delivers an inconsistent story of a young man dealing with his father’s decision to give up his struggle with cancer.

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The bottom line is that Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun and exciting summer movie, that has better characters, and a more thoughtful storyline than any blockbuster for at least 5 years.

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Because Richard Linklater posits questions instead of answering them in his film Boyhood, he can show us a boy growing up and make us think that perhaps everyone goes through similar experiences.

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This was a man who was hard to like, at least to those in his inner circle. But people around him knew he was a genius. James Brown was a revelation and this movie helps people remember what he brought to the music industry.

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[Rock Fist Way Down] In its brief history, movies that get released on Video On Demand or DVD before they hit the screen more often than not get a bad reputation. That’s not always the case though. Earlier this summer, David Wain’s film They Came Together. That was a smart spoof on romantic comedies that [...]

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