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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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Movie Review: 'Bad Words'

Bad Words

Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Phillip Baker Hall
Directed by Jason Bateman

Rated R

It only seems like yesterday that Jason Bateman was starring in one of the biggest sequel turds of all time, Teen Wolf Too, and whose own career was seemingly destined to be the male Judy Greer in any and all big studio rom-com.  Then came a little TV show called Arrested Development, followed by a few choice film roles and today we are talking about Jason Bateman, movie star and now director.   While the director part may have been inevitable career choice (since he has directed quite a few TV episodes from various shows) and you can certainly debate how big a star Bateman really is, the guy has parlayed his career quite well.  Bad Words, Bateman’s first feature film directorial effort, is a movie that after seeing the trailers, I felt I was going to like.  I just didn’t think I would like it as much as I did.

Sharing the same philosophy as Bad Santa, Bad Words may not be as vicious as Santa was, but it no doubt creates a world where being a 40 year old asshole that never got past the 8th grade and enters a spelling be contest because of a loophole in the rules, seem really awesome. But just like Santa, the movie avoids a lot of plot clichés that would otherwise make a film like Bad Words seem uninspired.   Don’t get me wrong, Bad Words isn’t perfect, but it's so much fun to watch.  

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