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Film Journal 2015

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I've fallen in love with Matthew Gray Gubler since watching "Criminal Minds". It was a no-brainer to watch this obviously quirky paranormal mystery/thriller starring him and the ever-entertaining Kat Dennings. Even though she plays the same character in everything, I like her. At first you don't know if you're watching a ghost story or a these-people-are-crazy story, but about a third of the movie in, you're hooked. Watch it that long-trust me.
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People who added this item 622 Average listal rating (458 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8

This was a very atmospheric, suspenseful Australian horror movie. The actors create this very intense environment where you don't know what's real-and that's the whole point. Well done, I thought.
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What can I say about this? Read my full review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review.
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People who added this item 3328 Average listal rating (2172 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1

Finally, finally got to watch Fargo. After years and years and years of people telling me to see it, I did! I get why it's such a cult classic. I think it's how different it is from other movies. It wasn't something I'll shove down other people's throats, but it was something I'm glad I got around to seeing.
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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6

A bunch of teenagers get sucked into an 80s slasher film and have to team up with the movie characters to get out alive! This was a blast and I recommend it to anyone who loves slashers who also has a sense of humor. If you're missing one or the other, don't bother. It'll go right over your head.
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People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1

This had to be the stoner comedy of the year. For real, though. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were great as lovable potheads who got in way too for over their heads (kind of). You'll have to watch it. This was absolutely my kind of movie and one I'll watch again.
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People who added this item 1120 Average listal rating (755 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ant-Man (2015)

Cool, cool, cool. Why did I wait so long to watch this? Not really a fan of the character, I guess. It was a highly entertaining action-comedy-superhero flick that was completely self-aware. A great watch from start to finish.
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People who added this item 327 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Iceman (2012)

Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans...Wynona Rider. This is a based-on-real-life story of a hitman for the mob who kept his work completely separate from the family he so obviously adored. Watch it for Michael Shannon-that man's a genius.
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People who added this item 182 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Odd Thomas (2013)

Odd (Yes, that's his name) can see things other people can't. Some people believe him (his girlfriend and the town Chief played by Willem Dafoe), others can't or won't. I can't tell you how much I wish this had gotten a sequel. It was underrated and there hasn't been anything like it in a while. Oh, well. Back to sad dramas for Hollywood. Gotta make those Academy Award winners.
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This is the one where we get a tiny Corey Feldman! I loved his films growing up. It's the age, I think. Anywho, he plays this kid living next door to a house full of teenagers on a vacation. I wonder what happens? Less predicable than the third one.
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Now that Jason's decided to don a hockey mask full-time, we see him terrorize a bunch of wayward youths at a camp for hopeless cases. If I remember right, it was still Crystal Lake, they'd just changed the name? Anyway, not as good as the first two.
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We started tackling all the Friday the 13th films I hadn't seen because it was about time. This one follows the same formula (almost to the letter) as the first film...you know except for that one big twist we already know about. If you're in the mood for a classic slasher, this one will satisfy.
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On one hand, this wasn't as good as say, Nightbreed or Hellraiser (other Clive Barker-inspired films). There was nothing wrong with it, but it just wasn't as...unpredictable? Again, perfectly enjoyable. Just not the best. Jeez, I'm so convincing. :/
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (85 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.4
Fun Size (2012)

This was a diamond-in-the-rough Halloween comedy. Anything that can go wrong is going to and it all takes place over the course of one night. A group of teens are out doing normal things-taking brothers trick-or-treating, going to parties, trying to get the girl. In this one-thing-after-another story, I giggled uncontrollably. Maybe you will, too.
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People who added this item 544 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7

May is....different. She doesn't really have normal social skills, but you pull for her because, man, does she try! She just wants friends and maybe, just maybe someone to hold her. This is one of those build-until-it-explodes films and it was weird as hell and I dug it.
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People who added this item 660 Average listal rating (404 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.5

So, I really like the two lead actors from other projects. They've both been compelling and pulled me in. Not this time. It felt like someone was just determined to make a Terminator movie and blow sh*t up, plotline be damned! Eh. Disappointing.
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People who added this item 401 Average listal rating (285 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.6
Pixels (2015)

This was hilarious, especially if you like old-school games or Peter Dinklage. As always, I look forward to whatever he does. You have to completely suspend disbelief (In what world would Kevin James be president?). But the video-game aliens from outer space are neat-it's almost like watching a live-action cartoon.
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People who added this item 1268 Average listal rating (837 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7

Jurassic sequel number 4 was exactly what I wanted it to be. It drove home how people are stupid and never learn (an excellent lesson from the original films that, unfortunately, does indeed continue). D'Onofrio was a nice surprise. It was fun and exciting and it had so many cool *ahem* dinosaurs! If you're looking for an Academy Award, go elsewhere. A movie that you can just root for the good guys, though? This is it.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Flypaper (2011)

This movie has a ridiculous amount of talented character actors on board. Plus a bunch of A-Listers. And it was funny. Genuinely "I can rob this bank better than you" hilarious.
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People who added this item 124 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
Bait (2012)

This was really fun to watch. The idea of people getting trapped in a grocery store with a shark seems a bit much, but it gets pulled off. Great production value, a bunch of actors you'll recognize, a cheesy scene here and there. I had a blast, though. This was good fun.
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People who added this item 608 Average listal rating (389 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4

This movie was better than I expected it to be. If you come back to something every few years only to discard it as an option because no one you know's ever heard of it, you expect the worst. It was intense and bloody and rare, I think. A true warrior story.
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People who added this item 1496 Average listal rating (831 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6

Damn. Emotional is not even the right word to use. Sad, either. While it's both of those things (and over two hours of it) it's also so very much more. I was transported to a different time and cared about damn near everyone. That's wonderful film-making from the top to the bottom, y'all.
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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

In case you've yet to see this, "D.U.F.F." stands for "designated ugly, fat friend." It was waaaay funnier than I thought it would be. The main actress is reminiscent of Amanda Bynes in her physical comedy. It brought me back to good high school movies like Can't Hardly Wait. I'll definitely be watching this again.
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People who added this item 181 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1

I wanted so much to like this. Banderas in an A.I. film? Yes, please! It was a bit long and quite sad, though. I'm not about that life. I'd say, don't waste your time on it and check out Ex-Machina or re-watch Blade Runner. You'll be more satisfied in the end.
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People who added this item 543 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Troll Hunter (2010)

Even though the Trolls (trolls!) were really well-done, it was a shaky-cam found-footage film that didn't keep me as entertained as say-Cloverfield. Maybe it was because they spoke Norwegian and I was very tired. Loved the trolls, though.
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People who added this item 358 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Anonymous (2011)

This had a really interesting take on the Shakespeare mystery. Maybe the real playwright is a noble who would loose his position if he published, so he gets this silly actor (the real man named Shakespeare) to pretend it's his own work. It was thought-provoking, but less suspenseful than I'd hoped.
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People who added this item 3018 Average listal rating (1980 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

I am not generally into such dramatic films, but this had me hooked. Even when nothing was going on, you're enthralled. I can definitely say it lived up to what everyone says about it. Plus, you get to watch Clint Eastwood be racist to everyone's face, which is hilarious.
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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Oh, I do love Claudette Colbert. Such a tiny little angel-looking thing. It's movies like this that make me sad for folks who won't watch anything that's made in black and white. What a fun screwball comedy this was! Shenanigans!
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People who added this item 608 Average listal rating (335 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3

I both loved and hated this movie. I hated that it had no plot and went nowhere and there wasn't really any progression. At the same time, I'm pretty sure that's the point of the movie-these two are going to live forever (Spoiler! Like you don't know...), so we're really only getting an eye-blink of their lives. I loved their centuries-old easy love, though. Both actors are phenomenal (Tilda Swinton is vastly underrated) and it really did seem natural for them to be constantly lounging all over one another. It was pretty beautiful. I still have no idea if I liked it or not.
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4

This really is a modern-day Shakespearean comedy of errors. This was recently recommended and the cast is brilliant! It's not what you would call un-predictable, but it's not so overly cliched that you've seen it before. Truly a fun little gem.
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People who added this item 1476 Average listal rating (1037 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1

It was really cool in the same way that Sucker Punch was. The actors were great, the cinematography was downright glorious and the story was a little lacking. Pretty to watch, though.
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People who added this item 1879 Average listal rating (1199 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Source Code (2011)

Good sci-fi, people. You'll figure some of it out, some of it will blow your mind. Love movies like this. The closest thing I can think to compare it to is Paycheck. If you liked that, you'll probably like this.
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People who added this item 495 Average listal rating (323 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Insurgent (2015)

A good middle-sequel should always leave you with more questions than answers, right? If so, job well done. Having not read the book that this is based on, I don't know how that went, but as a movie-viewer it was a good sequel.
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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.2

Although this film takes a while to get going, it was compelling. It's like a Frankenstein/Lucy movie baby. With some scary stuff, too. I liked it. I didn't love it, but I liked it.
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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (185 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6

This movie is exactly what you think it will be. If you like either actor, check it out. If not, stay away so the rest of us don't have to hear you bitch about how terrible it was.
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Finally watched this! Hitman takes in f*cked-up girl, semi-trains her to be an assassin, there's a weird Lolita vibe, but he's a good guy, so it's okay...it's about what I expected.
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People who added this item 682 Average listal rating (450 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 6.4

It was fun to watch. Nothing you can't figure out, mind you. But the end made it worth it, for sure.
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People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6

So, (for those who watched) you know how the first one was a total drama about life through the eyes of a male stripper? Well, this one is a road-trip comedy about a bunch of guys who just want to take their clothes off one more time. So much more entertaining. ;)
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People who added this item 872 Average listal rating (610 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
Broken Arrow (1996)

I pretty much love it when Samantha Mathis and Christian Slater do movies together. I can't believe I hadn't seen this. Don't get me wrong-it's typical action fare, but the actors were fun to watch.
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I'd had two people this week say "You've never seen the Outsiders? So, it was pretty much what I was expecting.I grew up on movies like Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, so I expected this to be more sad. While it is the more masculine equivalent of that type of story, it wasn't as dismal as I expected. Rather a well-done story that makes you think about perspective. Like "Rebel Without a Cause."
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.5
After (2012)

What a wonderful little dark fantasy film. It's got a creepy Labyrinth/Legend feel to it and it's clever enough to address the thoughts you, as the viewer, have during the film. Wonderful acting and just a neat dark fairy tale.
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People who added this item 828 Average listal rating (566 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8

This one was a slow burn. It took a while to really get going and then became intense and was pretty much exactly what you'd expect. It was okay.
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People who added this item 615 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8

Ambiguous art house shit. I kept reading all of these glowing reviews for this and I thought "Sweet! A sleeper hit!" But, no...it's just one of those movies that takes forever to get somewhere, makes you feel paranoid and then gives you no answers. I've had my share of that, thanks.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5

Dark, hilarious, inappropriate, eccentric. All the things you look for in a really entertaining flick. The cameos alone make this movie worth seeing, but the story is one of the best action comedies I've seen all year. Bravo, y'all.
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People who added this item 561 Average listal rating (369 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 5.9

This was pretty good for a new house/ghost story. I loved the actors and it had a really great take on why certain people could see the dead and others couldn't. I'll probably watch it again one day. I liked the characters, too.
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5

What a fun fairy tale story! It was so dramatic and then silly. If you can't handle a giant spoonful of silly, you'll hate this. I, for one, loved it!
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People who added this item 208 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.4

Like most found-footage movies, it takes some time to character-build and get you interested. Once it picks up though, it just takes off. What made me really like it, though, was the end. It's not what I was expecting, even though there wasn't really a twist. Nicely done.
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On one hand, I'm disappointed because I figured out a huge chunk of the puzzle pretty early on. On the other, what an original story! Just when you thought they had done everything they could with time travel, this one's like "Wham! Betcha haven't seen this before!" It breaks all the rules, but I think that's the point.
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People who added this item 443 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9

So, I've been wanting to see this since Ms. Olsen popped onto the scene and I'm glad I finally did. While no one will call this a "happy" movie, it's a great look at the human psyche. Also, it was more of a thriller than I expected, which was compelling. You felt like you were experiencing what she did and it was nicely done.
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People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3

Now I'm on a Howard Keel kick. This is also my first Doris Day film and man, is she good! While this is completely inaccurate historically, it's a wonderful musical entertainment-wise.
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I generally pick films to watch based on an actor I like and end up getting surprised by the different types of films people choose to make. I've explored most genres and hopefully will discover more. I'm always on the lookout for the next 'Arsenic & Old Lace' or 'Hard Candy'. These are the films I've watched this year and all the thoughts they made me think. ;)




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