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Movie Review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

The Raid 2: Berandal

Starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian Arifin Putra
Directed by Gareth Evans
Rated R


When you are, first and foremost, a huge movie fanboy, sometimes reviewing movies that hold a bigger almost unattainable awesomeness in you mind poses a tricky proposition.  Being a fan and writing about movies can at times come across very scattered and unfocused.  So you try to temper than and present your enthusiasm in a fair and objective way.  But sometimes that can come across as being a little too stale and calculated.  Thus is my dilemma with The Raid 2: Berandal .  I’ve have waited with ridiculously excitable anticipation for this film since I walked out of the The Raid: Redemption.  I want everyone to see this movie but I also want to present my arguments for that without sounding like the Led Zeppelin fan in Almost Famous.   This has happened to me before (The Master) and here I am again.  Let me just get this one fanboy moment out of the way…The Raid 2 is F**KING AWESOME!!!

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Movie Review: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Samuel Jackson
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo

Rated PG-13

I’ve really come to admire what Marvel and their Marvel Studios have been doing over the past few years.  Not only do I admire them for the big picture plan they have with their movies and tying them all together, but I admire them putting thought into what they’re putting out.  A bulk of the credit can go them for restoring the faith in the value of the comic book movie (the rest can go to that other guy, you may have heard of him…Chris Nolan).  And while we heap praise on them, we must also be keenly aware that they had some involvement in the hole they had to crawl out of some years back.  But the Marvel universe is a good one now, full of event films that have purpose and a desire to not ever be a Transformers movie.   This may be a stretch, but they’re like Pixar in a way, keeping quality control in house and telling everyone else to sod off.   But even with that in mind, I still had hesitation about Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Apes With Guns: New 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Screenshots

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a success critically and commercially, but something weird happened to it when the excitement faded:  It just kind of dropped off the map.  Even with a sequel on the way, people don't seem to be talking about it that much.  Some movies have cultural viability, and some don't and I'm a bit worried that this whole franchise will wind up being a firm example of the latter. Here's a few new screenshots from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that'll hopefully remedy that, though.

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Movie Review: 'Noah'


Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Rated PG-13

Darren Aronofsky, the man who tackled a bleak Hubert Selby novel and gave Mickey Rourke new life, if only for a brief moment, may at first glance seem like a disastrous choice to helm a biblical themed movie based on Noah.  Truth be told, I was a little a taken back by his desire to take on such a project.   But when you think about it, the move really does make sense.  Noah is a story that lends itself well to a director who doesn’t fear his material or being creative with it.  And Aronofsky’s movies always seem to have a spiritual angle (if at times somewhat hidden) to them.  But oh boy, did Noah, leading up to its release, have some negative press around it.  From the studio not happy with what Aronofsky turned in (a reported 5 different cuts) to religious groups unhappy with the perceived artistic license that was taken with the story.  But Aronofsky turned out to be a wise choice.

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Deleted Scene From 'The Raid 2' Brings the Pain

The Raid 2 is coming...this Friday in New York and Los Angeles and then the rest of the U.S in the weeks to come.  I am ridiculously excited to see this sequel.  And while I've tried to avoid any and all information regarding this film, mostly because I want to walk into it without knowing too much, I couldn't help but wonder what a deleted scene from this movie would look like.  Well, if this is what they cut out..just see for yourself then we'll talk.

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