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Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

In a year that is rather heavy with the spy genre flicks; Spy, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and, this Christmas, the latest James Bond film, how is one supposed to stand out from the other? Well, having the amazing Guy Ritchie as a director sure helps. His latest movie is The Man From U.N.C.L.E., based on the spy television series of the same name that ran from 1964 to 1968. Set in the 1960’s, while the Cold War was raging, two agents from opposing sides, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and the KGB’s Ilya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer), are forced to work together to extract a young woman, Gaby Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin whose father is being held by Nazis who want him to build them a nuclear bomb. What could have been just another spy flick, ends up being a beautifully stylized film filled with all things that make Guy Ritchie movies so much fun.

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Movie Issues: The Lone Ranger

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Movie Issues: The Lone Ranger

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the massive blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, an adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), into the legend that he becomes. The movie takes the audience on a runaway train of surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must work together and fight against greed and corruption in the old west.

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Movie Issues: Dual Review of “Mirror Mirror”

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Movie Issues: Dual Review of “Mirror Mirror”

This is the year that easily could be called the “Year of the Fairy Tale Movie” since there are several different movies being released taking their inspiration from stories told to children to tuck them in at night. From animated family movies like Jack the Giant Killer, Dorothy of Oz, and Brave, to live-action films like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (now pushed back to 2013) everyone’s looking to cash in on the current trend in Hollywood: sticking with what’s already familiar.

This is glaringly clear with it comes to both Snow White adaptations being released this year: first Mirror Mirror (released today) then Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1, 2012). Both Snow White films have their own spin on the old tale, and include box office draw talent alongside up-and-coming stars.  The real question is though, which will be remembered by the end of the year?

Mirror Mirror has the earlier release and the Movie Issues boys Leland and Spooky are here to drop another Dual Review, bringing two opinions for the price of a single admission.

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The Social Network

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The Social Network

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The Social Network has been described, almost dismissively, as the Facebook Movie with that awesome choral Creep preview. Give it a shot. Unlike Facebook itself, The Social Network has no real flaws. Based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, Network focuses on programmer Mark Zuckerberg’s rise from too-smart Harvard hacker to two-fisted lawsuit target and CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg (played keenly by Jesse Eisenberg) opens the movie with his girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) sparring with snappy dialogue in a pub and giving us a tour of his abstract but multi-leveled thought processes. This fantastic opening scene sets Zuckerberg’s character up as an accidental ass, a guy with near-Asbergery obliviousness as to his effect on people yet a completely human need to connect with people and to feel like he’s special by being connected to the right people.

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