Wild, a Remarkable Walk Into Reality

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Remarkable, compelling and daunting the film Wild takes audiences on a trip that shows the power of the human body and the decision of one woman to face her fears. Based on the true experience taken from a book by Cheryl Strayed, the reality of it all creates a sense of acceptance much like rooting for a dark horse athlete in a race. But instead of a contestant, it’s a woman walking a thousand miles alone searching for her best self while fighting the daemons within that makes the story a winner.

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The Homesman, a Captivating Drama in the Old West

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So you’re not into the western genre? How about calling this movie a very compelling drama that takes place in the 1800’s west. Still not excited about seeing the film? Top it off with a stellar cast, an original story line and actors that give Oscar worthy performances. Titled The Homesman, it’s Tommy Lee Jones’ first attempt at directing and he makes the film an excellent story of early Americana.

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Pioneer, a Compelling Conspiracy Story

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A thriller inspired by a real event is the basis for Pioneer, a slow paced captivating drama that will have you biting your finger nails till the haunting ending. The fine cast, crafty direction and brooding cinematography takes the viewer into the depths of The North Sea before launching its ominous conspiracy story. If you like movies that keep you intrigued from start to finish then this film should satisfy. Read more

Nightcrawler, an Sinister Crime Thriller

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Kicking it up a notch above any acting performance this year Jake Gyllenhaal sheds a lot of physical weight, adds a despicable attitude and turns a good character into a great one. Reaching out to the massive audience of crime fans, the movie Nightcrawler takes you into the depressing nights in lower income neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Here is where most of the hot news takes place to be used for night time television crime kickers.  It’s a cool thriller that stays with you long after you’ve left the theater. Read more

Before I Go to Sleep, a Tantalizing Mystery Thriller

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Keeping it weird for Halloween, the movie Before I Go to Sleep opens in theaters on October 31.  The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in a very off beat story about a woman who’s an amnesiac, someone who has memory loss as a result of shock or a traumatic injury. If you like films that tantalize get very suspenseful and shocking with the flavor of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, make your Hallows Eve this movie mystery. Read more

Plastic, Double Dealing and Diamonds

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Well-acted and directed, a surprisingly good action flick Plastic has hit the home video market on DVD.  The movie offers its own interpretation of a several million dollar diamond heist that actually took place by a group of men in 1997.  The original robbery spanned from Manchester, England to Los Angeles, CA and involving the prestigious Bijon Jewelers on Rodeo Drive.  This film’s story adds a little comedy with their creative crime caper and that’s a good thing because if not, it would be just another heist movie. Read more

Begin Again, an Unlikely Story

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Likable actors try to save this drama, but the story gets a little lame, quickly predictable and lacks real empathy for the characters. However, for the musical soundtrack and those utterly idealistic fans of both Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, it’s perfect. Targeted at mostly women, Begin Again is now on DVD/Blu-ray with a couple of good bonus features. Read more

John Wick, Runs a Vicious Gauntlet

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Taking a shot as a hitman  in his latest film John Wick, Keanu Reeves delivers his character with authority in this explosive crime drama.  The film turns out to be an ideal fit for the star and his former stunt double turned director as they move to one perfectly choreographed fight scene after another. It’s a fast action gauntlet that lasts nearly the whole 96 minutes. Read more

Autumn Blood, Beauty Meets the Beasts

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A spectacularly striking film photographically yet equally disturbing in dramatic content has been released on DVD. The film delivers a tableau of immeasurable beauty so incredible that even a cinematic travelogue could not have been better. The dreamlike story of Autumn Blood however, takes you on an insidious trip into the life of a young woman living a nightmare in her secluded home set in those same surroundings. Its beauty meets the beasts. Read more

The Scribbler, a Cool Take on a Graphic Novel

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Here’s a young adult targeted DVD that’s based on a graphic novel called The Scribbler.  Perfect for those who want to cozy up on Halloween night, this science fiction thriller has a wicked tone and some goulish ghastly scenes.  Actually, it’s very well acted for a low budget indie and the special effects are also a treat.  The story gets kinda funky and way off the wall, but that’s what science fiction’s all about. Read more

Fury, Hell in a War Zone

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Showing the violence, guts and destruction of WWII tank fighting, Fury punctuates the story with an explosive tale of death defying courage. Although fictional, the movie is based on the 2nd US Armored division and portrays extensive grisly combat using very realistic images. Explosive, gripping and pervasive the up close look is shattering and mind boggling. If you like war movies like Saving Private Ryan and Hamburger Hill, rush out to see this mind blowing war flick on the big screen. Read more

The Judge, an Acting Duel of the Best Kind

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This story may sound a little familiar, but the acting in The Judge far outweighs any other production of its kind. It’s a first time acting collaboration between Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall giving fans absorbing and gripping performances that will leave a lasting tribute well after you have left the theater. For the acting The Judge should be high on the list of both actors’ fans. Read more