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People who added this item 532 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4


A better movie from Bay, almost dipping into Bad Boys territory... almost. The antics are all Bay but the story is truly an entertaining one and one deserving of Bay's kinetic 3-sec avg cut style.
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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (201 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8


Gritty yet aimless at times. Great dialogue but less impressive story. Top notch acting yet some talent wasted. Just like in Scott Cooper's "Crazy Heart", the soundtrack is awesome but with less affect.
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Strange how ineffective the marketing was for this film considering it's about marketing. I really loved how they shot it like it was video from the 1980's, which made the archival footage seamlessly blend with the cinematography.
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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Much like 'Inside Job' this is an infuriating documentary in the most complimentary of ways. One that lays out how much the US is screwed up and how clearly we can get out of it, but knowing we won't.
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People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (165 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5


A film about love, death, and dream... but through the eyes of Ginsberg; so it's not your typical story.
Krokidas does an impressive job as a debut director, capturing the era and the troubled minds of the subjects.
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People who added this item 919 Average listal rating (549 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
Perhaps my tastes have not refined enough over the years because I actually found this entertaining. It's good fun and right in line with the 'Pirates' movies as far as the overall production; so I'm not really sure why it was ill received by the critics and some movie-goers.
And I now (somewhat) agree with the producers when they blame the critics for the poor box office reception. I mean it's got Tom Wilkinson, for Christ's sake!
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Levon Helm, one of my favorite musicians/singers. The heart of the great road band, The Band. Now, living out his rural life until his death. His voice, rougher, his heart, stronger.

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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4


Rudd and Hirsch play together well in this small but heavy movie accompanied by a very cool score. A nice departure from the usual David Gordon Green direction.

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People who added this item 1102 Average listal rating (676 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)


Not as sharp as the first one but it is a worthy sequel that's still poignant and fun.
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People who added this item 1341 Average listal rating (887 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
David doesn't stray away from his usual schtick; but hey, it's still funny!
Plus he has a great supporting cast that brings in laughs, including Michael Keaton and slightly deranged ammunitions novice.
It's very formulaic and there is very little craft in the filmmaking; but an enjoyable movie in the end.
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Lore (2012)


This striking and stark, brutal film is effective enough to keep its imagery in your mind for days. I respect this but it's not the good imagery I want in my head.

Saskia Rosendahl is proving she is one hell of a talent that should be getting some noteworthy roles on the way soon, I'm sure.
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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Al midan (2013)
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People who added this item 1725 Average listal rating (1102 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Man of Steel (2013)
The performances and dialogue are superb for an action movie. I'm captivated by Crowe and Costner's every word; but most scenes are too inconceivable to take this movie seriously... and this movie wants to be serious.

Also, it's damn beautiful to look at throughout and Snyder certainly knows how to direct action.
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People who added this item 91 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5


A beautifully-filmed story about the famous painter, his family, art and desires. The acting is subtle but the filmmaking is a little inefficient and repetitive.
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A well overdue tribute to the important contributors to rock, soul and Rhythm & Blues.  I learned a lot about the subjects and they made it entertaining enough with a well-paced evolution of time.
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The cinematography and production design are the highlights of this Soderbergh film. Of course, the believable performances make it worth gazing at all the pomp and fur.

It's nice to see Michael Douglas actually making an effort again.
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People who added this item 901 Average listal rating (568 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1


This franchise is still surprising me. While not as gloriously raucous as "Fast Five" it still does its best to up the ante and is loaded with fun one-liners and stunts.

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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Sound City (2013)
Dave Grohl puts together a sentimental music doc about a lost art form, another example of technology ruining technique. Unfortunately too much time is spent on Rick Springfield.
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People who added this item 328 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Iceman (2012)


One of Michael Shannon's best. In fact, the entire cast nails it which makes the ending surprisingly heartbreaking

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A sort of road trip movie that elicits plenty of laughs mixed in with some sophomoric low-brow humor. The overall cast is great and Jennifer Aniston proves, once again, you can still look good in your 40's
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People who added this item 1226 Average listal rating (749 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.4


The minions are no doubt funny but the movie leaves more to be desired, losing the heart of the first one.
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People who added this item 540 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Heat (2013)
A funny duo make this paint-by-numbers action buddy movie worth watching
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.3


My main objection to this absurdist film is it's just not quite wrong enough.

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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6
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People who added this item 1586 Average listal rating (865 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3


A beautiful-looking film that has the unfortunate task of making Tobey Maguire believable.
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Despite it being a disgustingly outrageous advertisement for Google this movie is really funny with reliable leads and comedic supporting roles.
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People who added this item 881 Average listal rating (495 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7


A really cool movie movie with a solid cast that falls flat in some areas.
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People who added this item 456 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Counselor (2013)


A brutal dialogue-heavy crime film that has some potentially iconic scenes. I'm surprised by how poorly this was received. If you like Cormac McCarthy you will really like this.

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People who added this item 1660 Average listal rating (992 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
I liked it a little more than the first - Better writing, acting and story is just as interesting and place nicely into the Marvel universe.
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People who added this item 609 Average listal rating (380 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Mud (2012)
Another example of McCoughnehey's proficient rebound. The most tolerable Jeff Nichols film yet.
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People who added this item 1036 Average listal rating (672 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Elysium (2013)


A good example of where the loss of constraint equals the loss of creativity. While I quite enjoyed it I was never in awe as I was with Blomkamp's "District 9"
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A kinetic and daring bout with an entertaining cast leaves you wondering what the hell you just watched... but I like it.
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People who added this item 846 Average listal rating (558 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3


Nothing special... oh wait, Cate Blanchett is very special... otherwise just an average Woody Allen film.
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Hopefully, as with the first one, it becomes better with multiple viewings. Still really funny, but just not quite as clever as the first.
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A great documentary for anyone, like me, who never truly understood what was going on with WikiLeaks and everyone involved. This is a fully developed, yet still ongoing, story.

Assange is an interesting character and the direction of this documentary is very good in allowing the viewer to take sides and believe in someone, then easily change their mind the next frame, then possibly back again.

Fun stuff!
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People who added this item 724 Average listal rating (459 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Side Effects (2013)


This is a great example of frustration done right. Mara pulls off what is perhaps her best performance and Soderbergh continues to make me wish he wasn't retiring from film.

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People who added this item 445 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
A simple, funny summer coming-of-age comedy that doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
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People who added this item 686 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6


Sofia Coppola directs this stylish unique film about recent events and accompanied by a killer soundtrack that carries the movie.
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People who added this item 1356 Average listal rating (917 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Pacific Rim (2013)


Del Toro finally directs a film.... It was decent. Charlie Day and Ron Perlman are the most memorable in this
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People who added this item 1199 Average listal rating (818 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)
Elicits some frightening moments and boasts genre-bending performances and cinematography.
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A very strange yet possibly brilliant retro mockumentary. Perhaps the ballsiest film made this year, seeing that they were making something that has virtually no box office potential.
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People who added this item 1131 Average listal rating (760 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6


A great first half hour turns into a somewhat tedious self-absorbed movie about the apocalypse, but Channing Tatum's cameo makes it worth watching to the end.
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People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (157 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Disconnect (2012)


A powerful series of stories that represent our connection with a system that isn't exactly out for our best interest, as the human race. There are four stories that 'connect', which is nice, since it keeps them strong and you don't have to remember what was going on in the story because it had been so long, like in 'Crash' for example.
The ending is great, as it makes us viewers think one thing and then gives us something better, without overdramatizing it and turning it into a melodrama.

Batemen gives one of his best performances and Paula Patton proves her strength isn't just in her undeniable beauty.
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.2


Fiennes' sophomore effort proves he has a strong eye and ear for adaptations with beautiful language. Speaking of beautiful, Felicity Jones, who is supposed to look a little more homely in this role, still shows her magnetism and forte for the fine acting required in such a role.
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People who added this item 232 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8


Oh Bérénice!

This is a memorable performance from an actress best known for her comedic follies. She has become one of my favorite actresses.
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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created January 2014
Updated August 2018
Movies Seen: 209


The best year for movies since 2007... I have rated 116 movies as a 7/10 or higher!


Also-Seen:
Rated 7/10
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
What Maisie Knew
Casting By...
Stories We Tell
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
The Grandmaster
Identity Thief
Stand Up Guys
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy
Leviathan
Thérèse Desqueyroux
Spinning Plates
The Insititute
Muscle Shoals
Night Train to Lisbon
The Selfish Giant
A Year in Burgundy
Rated 6/10
Frozen
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
August: Osage County
Red Obsession
Don Jon
The Hangover III
White House Down
Cutie and the Boxer
The Croods
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Awful Nice
The Sapphires
Enough Said
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster
Delivery Man
The Wolverine
Rewind This!
Big Sur
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Reincarnated
Jobs
Puppylove
A Place at the Table
The Sweeney
Ender's Game
Dirty Wars
The Unnecessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Salinger
Now You See Me
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Die Wand
Drinking Buddies
Gambit
Bad Grandpa
Arthur Newman
Last Vegas
Much Ado About Nothing
Turbo
Gimme the Loot
In a World...
Room 237
The Ghost Army
Carrie
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Birth of the Living Dead
The Family
Museum Hours
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Schooled: The Price of College Sports
Mademoiselle C
Afternoon Delight
Scenic Route
Downloaded
Runner Runner
Free Birds
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
This is Martin Bonner
Where the Trail Ends
Lovelace
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Vic & Flo Saw a Bear
Rated 5/10
The Butler
21 & Over
The Last Stand
Tricked
It's a Disaster
Killing Season
Olympus Has Fallen
Adore
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
Save Haven
Instructions Not Included
Oldboy
Upside Down
Simon Killer
A Good Day to Die Hard
Welcome to Pine Hill
Parker
Rated 4/10
Oz the Great and Powerful
Syrup
Concussion
Generation Um.
Rated 3/10
Passion
A Teacher
Breaking the Girls
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Kiss of the Damned
Rated 2/10
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Les Rencontres d'après Minuit
Struck by Lightning
Charlie Zone
Rated 1/10
The Starving Games
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked


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