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"You misunderstood from the very beginning. You just believed what you wanted to believe."

good story about loneliness. finally a clear explanation for the end of the anime. the movie keeps in balance the fantastic story about the Evas and the more realistic story about the protagonist's social problems. both stories talk deeply about the need of social connections, but in very different scales. while the Evas' plot involves world integration, the protagonist just try to relate to someone else.
great animation effects and action scenes.

expectation rating: 9
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People who added this item 549 Average listal rating (335 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
"- Whatever happens in the end, I don't wanna lose you as my friend.
- I promise, I will never be your friend. No matter what. Ever."

good story about the hurtful relationship between two lovers.
great cinematography and soundtrack.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 1529 Average listal rating (963 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
"You didn't betray me, you betrayed yourself."

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- terrible and overused story about saving the world
- good direction
- great visual effects
- bad acting

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 1404 Average listal rating (767 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
"I want to escape, to escape from myself! But it's impossible."

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- good but overused story about investigation
- great direction
- good soundtrack
- to be as good as so many people say

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 1422 Average listal rating (827 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
"The life I want, there is no shortcut."

good story about... hmm... education. it's a conflict between two ways of learning: stuck at school or free in the world. the protagonist analyzes the pros and cons of both ways and comes to a conclusion.
good acting, especially by Carey Mulligan.

expectation rating: 8
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"Fakt 1034: Life is like a cigarette. Smoke it to the butt."

good story about overcoming difficulties and enjoying life.
great animation effects.
even for a black comedy, it's not so funny.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 2834 Average listal rating (1785 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
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- good but overused story about revenge
- great direction
- great acting
- to be as good as so many people say

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 776 Average listal rating (456 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
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- bad and overused story about magic and saving the world
- great visual effects
- good cinematography
- good soundtrack

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 2648 Average listal rating (1682 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.5
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"I don't know whether I'm alive and dreaming or dead and remembering."

great and innovative story about perception and reality. the protagonist's unique health condition, caused by war, brings unique questions about what is reality. can we live without senses? even more, can we live without feelings? how can we decide what is right or good?
bad direction and cinematography. ok, all that inactivity is coherent, because of the protagonist's condition. but in any movie i expect to see movement... that's all.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 2199 Average listal rating (1452 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
"The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me."

good story about loneliness. it's an overused subject, but the conclusion in this case is very uncommon.
great acting and direction. there is pain in every part of the movie. you can almost feel it.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 1740 Average listal rating (1157 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
Super 8 (2011)
"Production Value!"

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- bad and overused story about mystery and something inhumanly powerful
- great visual effects
- good direction

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 1537 Average listal rating (880 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
"Nature is Satan's church."

good and innovative story about nature. it's not just about nature around us, but also human nature. it's a pessimistic view of the importance of our lives, as opposed to the christian view.
great direction and cinematography. almost everything is metaphor, mainly created from parodies of biblical figures. some are very obvious, like "Garden of Eden" and "The Three Beggars". others are subtler, like sacrificial love. but some of those are too subtle and i didn't quite understand them, like in the final scene. of course it could be just my lack of knowledge...
great acting by Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. i liked the way they used their bodies to make scenes more realistic. sex and violence scenes are pretty shocking, thanks also to the visual effects.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 2709 Average listal rating (1778 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
"- Why should I waste my time listening to you?
- Because I have a voice!"

good, but a bit overused, story about friendship and self-esteem.
a lot of smart and funny jokes. the comedic aspect is way better than the dramatic one.
great acting. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush together make the movie worth watching.

expectation rating: 9
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terrible story. not so funny.
good actors but bad characters.

expectation rating: 7
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"- I like him. He's nice.
- He's scary.
- Like Santa."
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People who added this item 2145 Average listal rating (1313 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
"Explain this to me like I'm a two-year-old."

great acting and great soundtrack.
innovative story about AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia.
a lot of overused courtroom scenes and speeches.
i didn't like the way the cameras were put very close to the actors' faces. it made me think about the cameras, which in my opinion should never happen in any movie.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 572 Average listal rating (346 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
"I'm French, Spanish, English, Danish. I'm not one, but many. I'm like Europe, I'm all that. I'm a real mess."

great story about self-discovery. some smart and funny jokes.
bad acting in some cases. but most of the main characters were well performed.

expectation rating: 6
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People who added this item 3890 Average listal rating (2513 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
"The Power of Christ compels you!"

"Your mother sucks cocks in Hell, Karras, you faithless slime."

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- terrible and overused story about the devil
- good direction
- good cinematography
- good visual effects
- to be as good as so many people say

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
good story about Rede Globo's influence in Brazil.
but, in order to be exaggeratedly critical, the movie contains mainly opinions of a few people. evidences are very rare in the movie.
it's suggested an parallel between Roberto Marinho's personality and the fictional character Charles Foster Kane. but there are few details about Marinho's life in the documentary.
i'd say the movie is very broad, but consequently shallow.

expectation rating: 8
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"Happiness isn't always the best way to be happy"

good story about family issues. the movie is full of metaphors about the conflict between love and individuality. it's an important subject to talk about, but not very profound in my opinion.
great visual effects and cinematography. nothing more poetic than cute monsters!

expectation rating: 10
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terrible story. few funny jokes.
great acting by Segel, but the direction didn't help much. each take looked separate from the other. there was no continuity in the scenes.

expectation rating: 5
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People who added this item 1938 Average listal rating (1087 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Pi
"- That consciousness is the number?
- No, Max. It's only a nasty bug."

great story about finding the pattern of the universe. it talks about many important subjects, like math, religion, science, economy, art, philosophy, society... yet the movie is able to go deep into those subjects, using fast and direct conversations. all that in a movie with just a little more than one hour of duration!
good direction. nothing much special, just some interesting scenes of paranoia. i'd say there wasn't much challenge in making this movie visually attractive. the focus is the protagonist's mind, so you put a camera close to his face and that's pretty much it.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 815 Average listal rating (565 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
"This ain't training. In training they just give you an F. Out here you get killed."

terrible and overused story about trying to stop an uncontrolled vehicle.
good acting and direction. you can feel the suspense during the entire movie. cameras don't stop, it's breathtaking!

expectation rating: 6
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terrible story. the narrative is very predictable. time travel conflicts are not taken seriously. it's just another funny adventure movie.
good acting but poor characters.

expectation rating: 5
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People who added this item 3673 Average listal rating (2175 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
"Do you know what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is?"

very innovative story. potentially good, but in the end it becomes just a wasted opportunity. being inside john malkovich becomes just a matter of controlling or not john malkovich. they don't explore the possibilities of that "metaphysical can of worms", as said in the quote above.
good direction. the movie is very immersible. like the characters, you also see through malkovich's eyes. i just didn't like the mirror scenes. you can clearly see that malkovich is not exactly in front of the mirror. but it's just a minor detail.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
terrible story.
not funny.
good animation effects.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
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"Get Happy"

great story about happiness in a consumerist society.
good animation effects.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 784 Average listal rating (481 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
"Lord, grant me the strength to change the things I can, the courage to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference."

good story about learning how to deal with problems in your life. it's kind of funny, as the title says, but it's essentially dramatic.
good acting and direction. i liked this more serious performance by Galifianakis.
i got a bit disappointed about the soundtrack. it seems to be an important aspect of the movie but i didn't like the songs.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
"This is our world"

great documentary about our illogical monetary system and how we can create another system, this time linked to the planet resources (including ourselves).
it's a very inspirational movie that hopefully will disseminate the ideas of The Zeitgeist Movement around the world.
it seems to be a more detailed version of its prequel "Zeitgeist: Addendum". although it might be a bit repetitive for people who understood the message in the prequel, it goes deeper in analysis of problems and solutions.
bad choice of sound effects, though, comparing to the prequels, the visual effects are more enjoyable. but in a documentary built upon many interviews those things are not so important.
i liked the animations inserted along the movie. it helped to turn the long speech into something more visual.
i think the greatest contribution in this movie is the end. it gives a suggestion about how we could smartly make a peaceful revolution. after all, the solutions supported by the movie depend on a transition process. but the end also predicts that this transition wouldn't be easy, because there would be resistance by the group currently in power.

expectation rating: 9
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"Carpe diem!"

great story about making the most of your life, seizing the day as if there's no tomorrow. but it's also about knowing that a lot of people don't like to lose control over you, so you need to be prepared.
great performances by Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke and especially Robert Sean Leonard. good direction too.

expectation rating: 9
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People who added this item 3543 Average listal rating (2343 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
terrible and overused story about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies.
good cinematography and visual effects.

expectation rating: 7
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"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."

good and innovative story about memory. the movie criticizes our tendency to focus on bad memories and forget the good ones.
good acting by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.
some smart and funny jokes.
great visual effects and cinematography. the process of erasing memories is visually very clear.

expectation rating: 9
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"I love Kirkey but let's face it, the guy's a 5. Meanwhile, this Molly is a hard 10."

bad and overused story about a loser who learns to have self-esteem. but it's very funny.
good performance by Jay Baruchel.

expectation rating: 6
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"- The history of the world, my pet...
- Oh, Mr. Todd! Ooh, Mr. Todd! Leave it to me!
- Is learn forgiveness and try to forget!"

bad and overused story about revenge.
great direction, cinematography and visual effects. full of symbolism. the colors of this film will be fresh in my mind for a long time. the songs probably won't, but still I liked them.
good acting. not the best of Johnny Depp though.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 2466 Average listal rating (1638 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
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terrible and overused story about surviving a global cataclysm.
terrible visual effects.
bad acting.

expectation rating: 6
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"In the movies the good guy gets the girl. In real life it's usually the prick."

terrible and overused story about the romance between a shy boy and a dream girl. the movie uses the also overused concept of split personality.
it's very funny.
i usually don't like the expressionless acting by Michael Cera, but this time i found it very suitable for half of his character: the cool and revolted personality Francois Dillinger.

expectation rating: 6
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People who added this item 4428 Average listal rating (2764 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
"Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go."

good story about achieving perfection.
great direction and cinematography. it's everything linked to the protagonist's obsession.
great visual and sound effects. you can feel the pain and finally the glory of the protagonist during her transformation into the black swan.
great acting by Natalie Portman.

expectation rating: 9
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People who added this item 1923 Average listal rating (1275 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
bad and overused story about adventurous revenge.
good acting but poor characters.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 4999 Average listal rating (3315 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
"Woody, you're not a collector's item, you're a child's plaything. You are a toy!"

terrible story about the true meaning of toys.
a lot of smart and funny jokes.
great animation effects and great voicing.

expectation rating: 6
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People who added this item 3658 Average listal rating (2425 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
terrible story about the true meaning of toys.
few funny jokes.
great animation effects and great voicing.

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People who added this item 1696 Average listal rating (1011 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
"Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay."

good story about love and about learning how to deal with society.
great soundtrack.
disappointing in some aspects, like visual effects, cinematography and acting.

expectation rating: 7
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People who added this item 2653 Average listal rating (1655 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
"Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."

bad story about deception. the protagonist is deceived in half of the movie and, in the other half, he deceives himself.
great direction. mystery and suspense work together like in no other movie.

expectation rating: 7
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"Behold, I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves."

great story about ethical decisions and vanity. how to make deeply right choices when you are constantly tempted by superficial pleasures?
great acting by Al Pacino.
few visual and sound effects, consistent with the idea of being very realistic. but, for a supernatural movie, i would prefer something more balanced.

expectation rating: 8
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People who added this item 4509 Average listal rating (2981 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
"Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it."

good but overused story about racism. the movie shows a historic example of discrimination in society to emphasize the values of hate and love.
good acting by Edward Norton. his character goes from hate to love along the movie and you can feel the differences.

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People who added this item 1590 Average listal rating (1013 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
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"Because, as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance."

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- bad story about altruism
- good acting
- to help me learn a little more about the football world

expectation rating: 6
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People who added this item 957 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
"Dream is destiny."

great story about reality versus dream. it's probably the most philosophical movie i have ever watched. while the protagonist lives the drama of not being able to wake up, he randomly meets different people with some very deep opinions about human perceptions. the entire movie is a metaphor for what is life.
bad animation effects. although the trembling images may make you feel like in a dream, i didn't like it.

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"Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger."

"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

good but repetitive story about mafia. now the concept is treated in a global way. the movie analyzes mafia characteristics in religion and economy organizations. but the old "family versus crime" is there too.
good direction, nothing as especial as in the first movie though.
good acting, except for Sofia Coppola.

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