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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

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Review – Hacksaw Ridge

By guest columnist my_year_in_movies.

Of all of this years Oscar nominated movies, this was one that I’ve really been looking forward to and it didn’t let me down. Hacksaw Ridge really is a story of two halves. The first half is kind of like a well-made Nicholas Sparks movie with a bit of ‘Private Benjamin’ thrown in for good luck. That might sound like an insult but it really isn’t meant to be. It does a great job of explaining Doss’s situation and his beliefs, so that by the time the second half of the movie starts you’re fully invested in his story, it’s believable and you’re with him. There are some strong dramatic moments and also a fair smattering of comedic moments and by the end of the first hour I had been pulled into quite a nice comfortable place.

Then they go to war.

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Review – Silence

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Review – Silence

By guest columnist Ben Zuk.

So here we are, a new year, with new movies to be watched in the church we like to call a cinema. One of its greatest priests Martin Scorsese releases the passion project he’s laboured hard to get on the screen for longer than I’ve been alive. A sense of anticipation and awe permeates the theatre, a feeling that remains throughout the majority of the movie.

Until it just doesn’t for the last 20 minutes or so.

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Marvel and Sony have Teamed Up for Spider-man Movie!

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Marvel and Sony have Teamed Up for Spider-man Movie!

Since the Sony Hack, rumblings of Spider-man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been making the needles on the geeky Richtor scale wiggle with anticipation.  Despite the vague denials by both houses no one could shake the spider-sense that this was real and that it was only a matter of time before Sony, owner of the Spider-Man movie rights, and Marvel Entertainment, owner of Spider-man, would come together to make the fans happy.

Today is that day, true believer.

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Movie Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Movie Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

It’s time for another swing though the city with everyone’s favorite web-swinger, Spider-Man. Once again directer Marc Webb, who brought us the previous 2012 reboot/remake/reimagining, The Amazing Spider-Man, brings back Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Sally Field for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Adding to the mix this time around: Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and Paul Giamatti. Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. He must stop the craze fixated Electro and the new threat of the Green Goblin before they destroy everything he holds dear.

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Amazing Spider-man 2 Trailer

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Amazing Spider-man 2 Trailer

The beloved Web-Slinger swing back into theaters this May in Amazing Spider-man 2.  With what’s shaping up to look more like a Sinister Six movie with the addition of B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe, Peter Parker will definitely his hands full with Electro, Rhino, and as we saw more from this week’s Super Bowl trailer, Green Goblin.  Maybe Sony is in a rush to reboot the franchise again so they’re skipping the beloved Spider-man 2 and going straight to the much despised Spider-man 3?

The Super Bowl’s fact cut trailer couldn’t do much for Spidey-fans other than show off more of what they already know, Peter’s troubled because it’s hard to be a hero and keep it a secret, but everyone already knew that.  It’s not a bad trailer, it just doesn’t do anything for those of us who are still on the fence but you decide for yourself.

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Movie Issues Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

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Movie Issues Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

It could be said that Spider-man is the franchise that proved to the world that comic book based movies could be successful if treated popular.  After Batman & Robin the entire genre nearly doubled over and died of shame until X-Men was released in 2000.  Reinforcing the legitimacy of the superhero genre Spider-manbroke records and comic book fans began to step into the light of the movie’s popularity.

Ten years and two more movies later, the franchise is getting the reboot treatment only five years after the last movie buried itself.  In order for Sony to keep the rights to making Spider-man movies it was a move that had to be done, but can lightning strike twice for the “Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man”?  Spooky may have the answer.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Released

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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Released

The trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield in the titular role, has finally been released.

The trailer features a quick look into Spider-Man‘s familiar origin of radioactive spider-bite as well as a first person view of Spidey doing what he does best: web slinging, wall crawling and of course, being amazing.

The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled for release May of next year.

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New Spider-Man Movie Gets Official Title

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New Spider-Man Movie Gets Official Title

Columbia Pictures has recently announced that the new Spider-Man film (starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker) will be entitled The Amazing Spider-Man. The movie is currently in production and isn’t scheduled to be released until next summer, but the studio has also released a picture of Garfield in full Spider-Man costume. The picture shows Spidey sporting web slingers on each wrist which gives us a little glimpse of what the new movie may be about. The Amazing Spider-Man is set to be released July 3, 2012.

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Never Let Me Go

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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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Based on the quiet and elegant book by Kazuo Ishiguro (he also wrote Remains of the Day), Never Let Me Go is a wonderful adaptation. Not only does director Mark Romanek (most notably One Hour Photo) capture the tone and sense of mystery of the novel, but director of photography Adam Kimmel gives the alternate world a grounded and even quaint feel, which belies the cold ethical questions at hand. It’s foggy and cold, even on sunny green days, a world whose back is turned (not from scorn, from discomfort) on this anachronistic institution. If you go in ignorant of the real premise, you may still feel like something is off about this small world. Halisham is a boarding school in the 1978 British countryside. The drab grey clothes and the rigorous yet permissive environment all feel foreign and false. Screenwriter Alex Garland (notably Sunshine and 28 Days Later) feeds out what you need to know with grace; by the time you’re watching what in lesser hands could have been The Island or Dollhouse, you’re hooked on the characters.

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