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People who added this item 1848 Average listal rating (1244 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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If only this had been the throwback to 80's action movies it was advertised as being. The cast is perfectly fine for a movie like this, and the cookie-cutter plot isn't really that much different than any 80's action movie. That's all fine, and I didn't really expect anything more from it. The unforgivable part of The Expendables is boring, generic action scenes with WAY too many quick cuts. I wanted to see tons of squibs, unique deaths, and a high body count. I guess the movie got the body count part right, but I can't remember a single cool or badass moment from any of the action scenes, and that's too bad.
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People who added this item 4884 Average listal rating (3259 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)
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Robert Downey, Jr in full-on swagger mode? Check. Silly robot humor? Check. Inept terrorists? Check. Explosions, bullets, and flamethrowers? Check. Jeff "I should really transplant some of this ridiculous beard to the top of my bald head" Bridges? Check. Gwyneth Paltrow running around in high heels? Check. Shiny special effects? Check.

What's not to like? Well...I guess Terrence Howard, but let's just ignore that, shall we...
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People who added this item 3508 Average listal rating (2282 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
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Whenever anyone talks about movies with great twist endings, The Usual Suspects always comes up. While the movie doesn't hold up quite as well as I would like, it is still enjoyable to watch, thanks in no small part to the wide array of goofy accents.
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People who added this item 836 Average listal rating (483 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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I'm not as burned out on Michael Cera as most people seem to be. That said, this was an average comedy with a few moments of brilliance when Cera is portraying this character's "bad boy" alter ego. His tiny mustache is almost ridiculous enough to elicit laughter by itself. Not the best comedy ever made, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
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People who added this item 2867 Average listal rating (1794 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Top Gun (1986)
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I kind of wish I hadn't rewatched this. It completely ruined my fond childhood memories of the movie. I remembered cool flying scenes that don't actually exist (yay stock footage!), and I completely forgot about the stupid volleyball scene. Top Gun is definitely not as good as you remember it to be.
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People who added this item 1217 Average listal rating (852 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Commando (1985)
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I'm not sure how I missed this particular Schwarzenegger movie. It is definitely one of the more enjoyable 80's action movies he starred in. It is completely and ridiculously over-the-top in all the right ways that The Expendables failed to recapture.
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People who added this item 1498 Average listal rating (965 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Town (2010)
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I wonder if Ben Affleck is able to direct anything other than Boston-based crime thrillers. Then again, if he continues to churn out movies as good as this one and Gone Baby Gone, then I'll keep watching them. Affleck himself is very good in The Town, and Jeremy Renner completely steals every scene he is in.
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People who added this item 2440 Average listal rating (1608 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Despicable Me (2010)
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Despicable Me tries just a little too hard to be cute and funny, instead falling on its face more often than not. The yellow minions are amusing in a slapstick, Looney Tunes sort of way, but they aren't enough to carry the movie by themselves.
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People who added this item 4995 Average listal rating (3448 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
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As cliche-ridden and contrived as Independence Day is, I still enjoy watching it. Blame nostalgia or something. I don't know.

Anyway, I think the thing that keeps it from completely falling off the map is the cast. Will Smith is fun. Bill Pullman can deliver a rousing generic speech. Jeff Goldbloom mumbles his way through fake scientific jargon with the best of them, and Brent Spiner makes the most of his limited "mad scientist" time.

Also, the one-liners may be dumb, but I still like them. I mean, what's not to like about Will Smith punching an alien in the face and shouting "Welcome to Earth!"?
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People who added this item 6396 Average listal rating (4339 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.5
Gladiator (2000)
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Ridley Scott sure does make a pretty looking "epic"-style movie. The visual flair of this movie is probably what I enjoy the most about it. There's just something about the way this is shot that I really enjoy. Gladiator has some slow pacing issues and plenty of plot holes, but it is still one of my favorites of its type.
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People who added this item 5229 Average listal rating (3461 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Avatar (2009)
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I must be more forgiving than most. While it has become cool for the internet and most of my friends to hate Avatar, I still love it to pieces.

Certainly the visual aspect of it tickles my animator fancy. The technical achievements of Avatar are nothing short of amazing. No digital characters have felt this alive since Gollum from the Lord of the Rings. Weta Workshop and Weta Digital's A-game is fully on display in Avatar, and I can't wait to see what magic they are able to create in future projects.

I am also a sucker for science fiction. If it's got space ships or alien creatures, I am predisposed towards liking it. Avatar's story isn't the most original, and it isn't very complicated. It's full of archetypes, predictable plot points, and cliches. Some people see this as a knock against the movie, but I'm okay with it. It's not the first movie to liberally borrow/steal from other sources and it won't be the last.

With a few notable exceptions, I really enjoy the characters and performances in Avatar. Stephen Lang is a scenery-chewing badass. Sigourney Weaver is better than she's been in a long time. Zoe Saldana pretty much carries the film, and I even like Same Worthington in this movie. Avatar certainly has its weak spots (Michelle Rodriguez, I'm looking at you), but I am willing to look over them when most of the package is so great.
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People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Catfish (2010)
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I don't care if Catfish is real or if it is fake. The movie tells an interesting story that surprised me more than once. It probably helped that I knew very little about it going in.
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People who added this item 2667 Average listal rating (1607 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
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I probably need to watch this movie a few more times to fully appreciate it, but I certainly liked it a lot the first time around. Daniel Day Lewis was as great as advertised, but the surrounding cast managed to hold their own as well.
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People who added this item 6533 Average listal rating (4353 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
X-Men (2000)
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Time has not been kind to the original X-Men, but it still manages to be much better than it ought to be. The movie suffers from a low budget, a sometimes awkward script, small in scope action sequences, and Halle Berry. However, Patrick Stweart, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman elevate the movie above its shortcomings.
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People who added this item 3977 Average listal rating (2657 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Casino Royale (2006)
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Daniel Craig makes a great James bond. Casino Royale has great action sequences, memorable stunts, and a pretty good villain. It perhaps runs a bit too long, especially in the poker scenes, but Casino Royale is the best Bond movie in recent memory, and one of the best of the entire series.
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People who added this item 5052 Average listal rating (3379 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
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Yuck. I kind of enjoyed this movie despite its obvious flaws when I originally saw it, but those flaws just seem to get bigger and bigger every time I see X3. Mutant overload, a poor plot, stupid soundstage-restricted action scenes, and bad direction pretty much take over the few things I actually enjoyed about this movie.
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People who added this item 2424 Average listal rating (1714 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Predator (1987)
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Predator is yet another Schwarzenegger action vehicle from the 80s, and this time it was just as awesome as I remembered it.
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People who added this item 1039 Average listal rating (710 ratings) 3.9 IMDB Rating 4
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This movie is terrible. It has barely anything to do with the game it is adapted from, not that there was much to adapt there in the first place. The performances are really crappy, the direction is strangely grungy and dirty, the story barely comprehensible, and the action scenes kind of boring. This is a train wreck of massive proportions. You kind of have to stare at it wondering what was going through the filmmakers' heads.

Super Mario Bros is so terrible that I enjoy the campy goofiness of it all. Not sure it qualifies as "so bad it's good", but it was totally worth the $5 I paid for the DVD back in the day.
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People who added this item 3393 Average listal rating (2164 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
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I am a pretty big fan of David Fincher movies, so I was really looking forward to seeing what he did with "the Facebook movie". Turns out he made an arresting drama full of great performances. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer all give standout performances, but the rest of the cast is uniformly great even if they are only on-screen for a few minutes. David Fincher's direction and the editing is also very well done, telling the story in an interesting fashion without getting in the way of it.

All of this would add up to a really good movie, but the thing that makes The Social Network great is the Trent Reznor score. His music gives the film its energy and tone, driving the movie ever forwards.
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People who added this item 1565 Average listal rating (1058 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
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I think that Riddick is hands down Vin Diesel's best character. Chronicles is completely different than Pitch Black, preferring to do its own dark space opera thing rather than rehashing the survival horror aspects of the original film. Some people were disappointed in this, but I really dig it. I can never get enough of Riddick's gravelly-voiced badassness. While you may not like Chronicles, nobody can dispute the awesomeness of "I'll kill you with my teacup."
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People who added this item 1332 Average listal rating (827 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.9
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They aren't trying any more. The first Resident Evil was a pretty good romp through a zombie-infested utility. The second Resident Evil was a fun romp through a zombie-infested city. The third Resident Evil was a fun romp through a zombie-infested wasteland, ending in a facility.

This fourth Resident Evil movie is a boring collection of vignettes that barely hang together, and even Milla Jovovich seems pretty tired of the series now. She is the main reason why the first three Resident Evil movies are fun to watch despite taking very little from the games on which they are based. This movie was just an excuse for somebody to play with some 3D cameras, and they didn't even bother to get even a slapshot script put together before shooting it. It really feels like the movie was made up as they went along, and even the action sequences were rather bland this time around. I'm sure it still made enough money that they will make another one, so hopefully they'll do better next time.
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People who added this item 500 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Astro Boy (2009)
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This movie was surprisingly good. This was made by the same studio that did TMNT, and I think they have stepped up their game since then. The visuals look vibrant, and the character motion is appropriately cartoony for the subject matter. The story is touching, if a little on the kid-friendly side of the fence. The voice cast is excellent, including Bill Nighy, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Alan Tudyk, and Donald Sutherland. Astro Boy even managed to get a decent voice performance out of Nicolas Cage. Color me surprised.
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People who added this item 2547 Average listal rating (1690 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
RoboCop (1987)
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Robocop is cheesy 80s fun. The movie feels very of its time, but I think that almost makes it better. Sometimes showing your age is a bad thing, but Robocop is one case where things get better with time.
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People who added this item 2025 Average listal rating (1452 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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I hated Starship Troopers the first time I saw it. It was probably because I expected a straight-up action movie about fighting giant alien bugs. Instead I got a satiric movie with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Since that first viewing, I've come to embrace the campy nature of the film. Forget being overly serious all the time. It's perfectly okay to have a bit of gooey, bug-ridden, limb-dismembering fun.
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People who added this item 2090 Average listal rating (1337 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Easy A (2010)
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Easy A is the best high school comedy to come out in a long time. The script is smart, the dialogue snappy, and the characters witty. Emma Stone carries the film effortlessly, but she is also surrounded by a bunch of great supporting characters. In particular, Thomas Hayden Church, Malcolm McDowell, Stanley Tucci, and Patrica Clarkson all make the most of their short screen times.
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People who added this item 1934 Average listal rating (1182 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Rango (2011)
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Beautiful, bonkers, and completely brilliant. Mostly a western starring anthropomorphic animals (with a sprinkling of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for good measure), Rango is completely different than anything Pixar or Dreamworks is putting out, and that works in its favor. The visuals by ILM skate the edge between realism and stylized design perfectly. The humor is a bit off beat, with a good mix of jokes that will right fly over the youngsters' heads and jokes that appeal to all ages. Rango manages to mix a large cast of colorful characters, give them all a moment to shine, and keep them all distinctive (the most memorable perhaps being a bird with an arrow through its eye). Three quarters of the way through, Rango features a cameo that pushed the movie over the edge from really good to great in my book. The voice wasn't who I thought it was, but the character was perfect.

Rango is a great little movie that isn't afraid to march to its own drummer. It doesn't try to follow anyone else's formula and comes out much better for it.
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People who added this item 817 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
Speed Racer (2008)
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The hyper-kinetic colors are out to get you! Speed Racer is a pleasant assault on the eyeballs. It's got everything from physics-defying racecars to kung fu to gun battles to ninjas to monkey humor to family drama and everything in between. To me Speed Racer is one of the best family films in recent memory. It's too bad it didn't catch on with general audiences.
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People who added this item 1350 Average listal rating (912 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.8
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Another entry in the "misunderstood and unjustly hated" category, G.I. Joe is the perfect example of a popcorn action movie. The movie is full of over-the-top spectacle, expensive special effects and plenty of one-liners. Every scene is full of circumstances being constantly one-upped. For example, one character is talking to another character that turns out to be a hologram only to speak to another hologram and is then revealed to be in a submarine going to his underwater secret base. The movie is full of well-constructed action sequences that have a pretty high bodycount and a blatant disregard for collateral damage.

By all rights G.I. Joe shouldn't work, but the movie is just so much fun to watch. I mean when a movie has the balls to collapse a famous landmark and crush a bunch of tourists as it smashes into the ground has to get at least a few bonus points.
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People who added this item 1498 Average listal rating (1046 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.3
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I wish I had seen this movie when I was a kid. I would have loved it. As it is, Last Action Hero is still a very enjoyable deconstruction of an action movie that twists the cliches of the genre into punchlines. The movie coasts on the charm of Arnold Swarzenegger, but the child star, Austin O'Brien, is also very watchable.
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People who added this item 2737 Average listal rating (1833 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
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"Sounds like someone wants to get funky."

I've seen Scott Pilgrim a bunch of times now since I saw it in theaters. I have yet to get tired of it. It moves at a brisk pace, has a great soundtrack, a ton of quotable dialogue, thrilling action scenes, creative editing/scene transitions, and an awesome Thomas Jane/Clifton Collins Jr cameo.

What's not to love?
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People who added this item 3433 Average listal rating (2262 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt should headline more films. He is captivating in this movie. Zoe Deschanel is also quite good as the titular Summer, but Joeseph Gordon-Levitt completely owns this movie. His character gets to be bumbling, awkward, charming, angry, depressed, confused, funny, and desperate during the film, and through it all, Levitt manages to make the character likable throughout.
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People who added this item 1444 Average listal rating (790 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
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What a bleak and depressing movie! Never Let Me Go is infused with melancholy from the first frame to the last. Everything from the story and characters to the cinematography, costumes, and set design adds to the feeling of sadness that permeates the film. I really liked Carey Mulligan's quiet performance as the meek main character, and Andrew Garfield also does a good job making his character feel more complex than it was probably written. Any other movie would have had these characters fighting to escape their situation and overcoming adversity in a rousing finale, but Never Let Me Go has the characters accepting their fate as inevitable. It makes the film more unique than I was expecting halfway through it, but it sure is depressing.
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People who added this item 4625 Average listal rating (3095 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
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The Day After Tomorrow takes itself way too seriously, and that's a shame. The premise is a perfect excuse for a disaster movie, but everything is presented so earnestly that it loses all sense of fun that a disaster movie should have.
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People who added this item 2466 Average listal rating (1605 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.8
2012 (2009)
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2012 gets a ton of bonus points for sheer insanity and goofiness. Saying that it is a disaster movie on an epic scale would be selling it short. Never content to just blow something up, 2012 manages to keep one-upping itself throughout its running time. Buildings topple, city blocks are hurled at low flying aircraft, gigantic waves launch aircraft carriers at major characters, volcanoes sent comets of fire shrieking towards the earth, and every other conceivable method of destruction is at the disposal of a seemingly sentient planet bent on destroying humanity at all costs. 2012 is hilariously over-the-top in all the right ways.
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People who added this item 458 Average listal rating (289 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
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This movie shouldn't work as well as it does. The script is terrible, the dialogue passable at best, and the tone is all over the place bouncing from deathly serious to manically goofy at the drop of a hat. Yet, Punisher War Zone is better than the sum of its parts for a few reasons.

It is packed with a ton of gratuitously violent deaths that almost feel like what Looney Tunes would have done if Bugs Bunny used automatic weapons. Ray Stevenson makes "badassness" look easy. Dominic West and Doug Hutchinson make for great villains that play off each other very well when chewing the scenery (and smashing mirrors). Finally, Punisher War Zone is shot very well, looking pretty slick despite its budget limitations.

It isn't a great movie by any means, but it is much better than its reputation would have you believe.
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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (657 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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Nobody messes with Bruce Lee. OK, wait..let me rephrase that. Nobody SHOULD mess with Bruce Lee. All of the goons in this movie that get kicked in the face, punched in the crotch, chopped in the neck, and otherwise completely destroyed by Bruce Lee apparently didn't get the memo.

There's a reason why Bruce Lee became an icon. The guy was insanely fit, insanely fast, and insanely badass. Nobody else looks nearly as good while kicking people in the face as Bruce Lee.
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People who added this item 2889 Average listal rating (1972 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Star Trek (2009)
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No, Star Trek isn't a perfect film. It has many plot holes and instances of questionable logic, but it also gets so much right that those things don't really matter. The film sizzles with energy from beginning to end, something sorely lacking from the last few Star Trek films, and the cast is nearly perfect. Everyone plays off each other well as a group, revolving around the brilliant performance of Chris Pine as James T Kirk. He's got all the swagger and confidence that Kirk should have. Karl Urban is also ridiculously good as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, capturing the fun cynicism of the character.

The movie is full of great moments, and I can't wait to see more of this crew's adventures.
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People who added this item 1768 Average listal rating (1116 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1
Sucker Punch (2011)
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Sucker Punch has a great opening sequence. It tells a story visually without any dialogue that manages to efficiently tell you quite a bit about the characters and their backstory. It is also emotionally powerful, going a long way towards connecting you with the main character. Unfortunately, once this sequence is over, the rest of the movie happens.

Where the opening is emotionally charged and full of energy, the rest of the movie is clumsy, emotionally distant, and poorly structured. The main plot thread happens in a slightly imaginary world that has little connection to the real one. Then, whenever the main character needs to get some item to facilitate her escape, she has to dance in this imaginary world (most of the time as a distraction for her cookie cutter friends to do all the work). Except we never see her actually dance. Each and every time this happens, the camera zooms into her eyes, and we are taken into a fantasy world inside of the imaginary world where the main character and her buddies kill Nazi zombies, dragons, orcs, and other creatures in order to get some item of importance. These sequences barely relate to anything going on in the imaginary world, let alone the real world we barely see in the movie.

These double-fantasy sequences only exist as an excuse for Zack Snyder to create random bits of eye candy. The problem is the eye candy is butchered by poor editing and badly framed shots resulting in everything looking like a mess of blurry pixels half of the time and an eternally long slow motion section the other half. The pacing is all off, robbing the energy, excitement, and peril from these supposed actions sequences. You never doubt that the characters will get what they want and you never feel like they are in danger. There are no stakes, and it makes these sequences a chore to watch rather than the joy they should be.

There is probably a good movie buried in Sucker Punch somewhere. If it had gone out of its way to actually show us the real world more often than the bookends to the film, it would have helped to ground the characters and make us actually care about what is going on. Setting the majority of the movie in two layers of fantasy just doesn't work. Outside of a short glimpse to show they actually exist, we never get to see any of the main character's friends outside of her imaginary world, so it is hard to actually care about what happens to them and they don't feel real.

With a better editor or a better script writer, Sucker Punch could have been at least decent. As it is, the movie is a mish-mash of failed opportunity.
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People who added this item 3623 Average listal rating (2281 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
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I had forgotten how good this movie actually is. The hyper-stylized visuals of the movie stick in your mind well after seeing it, but I had forgotten how many great performances there are in Romeo + Juliet. It is interesting seeing Leonardo DiCaprio in the context of where he currently is in his career. As Romeo he is in full-on "pretty boy" mode, but it is easy to see his talent for acting that got him to where he is today. Harold Perrineau is also brilliant as Mercutio, and I don't think John Leguizamo has ever been as badass as he is in this movie.

This isn't my favorite Baz Luhrmann movie, but it is definitely one of his best.
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People who added this item 4370 Average listal rating (2781 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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Moulin Rouge is my favorite Baz Luhrmann movie. It is a hyper-kinetic fever dream of colorful imagery from beginning to end. I love the musical remixes and mashups in the score. I love the performances. I love the humor, and I even love the tragic ending.

While all of the musical numbers in Moulin Rouge are great, a couple of them are particularly excellent. The bombastic rendition of Roxanne as filtered through a tango is powerful both because of performance and great editing to tell the story. The sequence keeps gaining momentum and energy as it builds to its powerful climax. On the opposite end of the spectrum, "Spectacular, Spectacular" is a work of perfect comedic timing and manic energy. Every time I watch that part of the movie, there is always a huge grin on my face.
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People who added this item 2467 Average listal rating (1531 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)
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I love the music of Chicago, and the movie does a pretty good job with all of the songs. I particularly like the way it handles the Cell Block Tango and We Both Reached For The Gun. Both songs are excellently staged and choreographed. Chicago certainly has its flaws and probably goes on a bit longer than it should, but I still really enjoy watching it.
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People who added this item 1566 Average listal rating (1007 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Machete (2010)
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Machete feels a lot like Punisher Warzone to me. It is a movie that works in spite of itself and is much more fun than it has any right to be. Like Warzone, Machete features some gleefully violent action. Many heads and limbs get chopped in various ways in this movie, but there are a ton of creative kills and fun gags to be found as well.

Machete's cast is just about perfect. Everyone relishes in the campy vibe that Machete is going for, chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow. Robert De Niro plays a corrupt Senator, doing his best to channel George W Bush when in politician mode, but he is also quite menacing whenever the character isn't behind a podium. Danny Trejo is Danny Trejo. Jessica Alba is amusing, and actually dishes out one of the best kills in the movie. Cheech Marin is great fun as a shotgun-toting priest. Jeff Fahey is great as De Niro's evil campaign manager. Hell, Machete even manages to make Stephen Seagal, Lindsey Lohan, and Michelle Rodriguez fun to watch. Round it out with short but memorable appearances by Don Johnson and Tom Savini, and you've got a pretty great cast.
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Source Code (2011)
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There are sci-fi stories that get bogged down in trying to explain how a fictional piece of technology works. The worst of these stories almost go out of their way to come up with explanations on how and why their doo-hickeys work without bothering to actually do anything interesting with them. Then there are the sci-fi stories that are more interested in the implications of using said fictional piece of technology, foregoing the technobabble-heavy explanations of its inner workings in favor of exploring the effects of the technology on the characters in the story.

Thankfully, Source Code is one of the latter stories. We never really get an explanation for how the technology in the film works, only what it does. The movie doesn't waste any time with how such fantastical things could be possible. This technology just exists, and the story is much better for it.

Jake Gyllenhaal is very charming as the lead character, easily able to bounce between moments of humor, desperation, and even a bit of bravado when needed. Michelle Monaghan turns in yet another quality performance, proving that she needs to appear in more movies. Vera Farmiga brings some humanity to a character that could have easily been distant and cold, and Jeffrey Wright seems to be having fun with some slight mustache twirling even if his character isn't really an out-and-out villain.

Source Code is excellently paced, keeping you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It is a ride well worth taking. I can't wait to see what Duncan Jones does next!
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Mission Impossible still holds up as a fun thriller. The story is well-constructed and shot with flair by De Palma. The cast all have fun in their various roles, and the action beats are still fun to watch, even for the millionth time.
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I love watching MI:2 because it is such a goofy follow-up to the original film. The plot is beyond silly, the film drags quite a bit in the middle, and the performances range from pretty good to WTF to wasted opportunities. Yet the energy of the goofy acrobatics and constant face-mask ripping make it hard to hate the movie. The final action sequence culminating in the fist fight on the beach will always be one of my favorites.
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JJ Abrams was a great choice for directing this entry into the series. Although it suffers from "indistinct macguffin" syndrome and feels a lot like Alias in spots, MI:3 is still a great action-thriller. It relentlessly moves forward with events snowballing as it goes, building into the final scenes.

Philip Seymour Hoffman makes for a great villain, sneering at every opportunity. The rest of the cast benefit from a script that allows the IMF team to actually work as a team during heists. The plot twists are interesting, if a bit predictable, and the action scenes are very well done.
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Buried (2010)
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Put Ryan Reynolds in a box. Give him a lighter, a couple glow sticks, a phone with amazing reception and an awesome battery life, a pencil, and a knife. Now film the whole thing. Would you expect to get a tense, thrilling movie out of it?

Well, somebody sure did. Buried shows the dramatic side of Ryan Reynolds rather than the swaggering jokester side, and he is still just as charming and watchable. I literally sat on the edge of my couch, leaning forwards for the entire film, hoping that the character would be able to discover why he was in his current predicament and get out of it. I thought it was an interesting entry into the "single location" style of film.

The movie is set completely inside the box, and it really helps to put you in the shoes of the protagonist. It never lets you breath by showing what is going on outside. This movie isn't claustrophobic-friendly.
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Tangled (2010)
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Tangled is an excellent Disney fairy tale. It's got great characters, a great voice cast, plenty of songs, and beautiful animation. Out of all the computer-generated features that Disney has put out over the last several years (outside of Pixar), Tangled is easily the best, and this is coming from someone who has a soft spot for Meet the Robinsons and Bolt.

There are so many great things about Tangled, but I think I'll just focus on the animal side characters. The horse, Maximus, and the chameleon, Pascal, are just as well-realized as their human companions. They never speak, but the animation is so well-done that they communicate just as well without it. You can tell what they are thinking at any given moment, and both get several great moments throughout the movie.

If you have ever liked a classic Disney movie, then give Tangled a try.
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Daredevil (2003)
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The director's cut of Daredevil is better than the theatrical version of the movie. However, it can only take a deeply flawed movie so far. It still manages to have many pacing problems, and a couple of the added subplots are kind of useless to the overall story and are kind of boring to boot. Foggy figuring out what "MOM 6-8" means comes off very clunky, simple, and blatantly in your face. Coolio's subplot is more than a bit silly. I do like the added bits to some of the fight scenes, and a couple of the bits they cut out that used to be in the theatrical version should have been on the cutting room floor in the first place.

I generally like this movie, but watching it again, I realize that Colin Farrel is the only thing in the movie that is actually fun. Pretty much everyone else is deadly serious, but Farrel chews the scenery with relish every time he appears. His Bullseye is unhinged and very theatrical in his actions, taking every opportunity to strike an overly dramatic pose.

Daredevil seemed a bit better when it came out, just because there weren't as many great comic book movies to compare it to. It certainly isn't the worst comic book adaptation out there, but it isn't a shining example of greatness either.
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Constantine (2005)
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I had forgotten how stylish of a movie Constantine is. The film still looks great, no matter how many times we've seen dingy, yellowized footage before. I actually think that Keanu Reeves is pretty great in this movie. He pulls off a kind of dickish swagger combined with a somewhat defeatist attitude that makes the character really interesting. Rachel Weisz is great in just about every movie she has ever made, including this. Weisz always has a strong presence on screen, even when her character is vulnerable. Shia LaBouff is even tolerable, despite being in full-on "annoying sidekick" mode.

It's too bad that Constantine didn't become very popular. I would have loved to see a sequel or two.
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