Up in the Air: One of 2009’s Best Films

Over a decade following its theatrical release, Up in the Air remains one of the best films to have been released in 2009. With the exception of 2014’s Men, Women, and Children, Jason Reitman can do no wrong. Heading into Up in the Air, Reitman was hitting home run after home run.  This was his third feature following both Thank You for Smoking and Juno.  Basing the film on Walter Kirn’s 2001 novel of the…

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The Departed: A Martin Scorsese Masterpiece

The Departed continues filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s trend of making at least one motion picture masterpiece per decade–this time, winning an Oscar. Even though the film adapts a story from another country, the filmmakers still find a way to tie it to Boston.  This is one of the best ideas to go into the film.  For all intents and purposes, mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is Whitey Bulger.  Basically, the film deals with crime and…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters arrives on Blu-ray

Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the third installment in Legendary’s Monsterverse, is now available for fans to bring home. The film joins 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island.  The film teases the next installment as it comes to an end: Godzilla vs. Kong. Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Millie Bobby Brown take over in leading roles because neither Aaron Taylor-Johnson or Elizabeth Olsen could return due to scheduling conflicts.  Meanwhile, the film borrows from…

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Skin: Learning to Unlearn the Hate

Skin, based on a true story, isn’t an easy subject to tackle during an era that takes place following the horrible tragedy in Charlottesville. Filmmaker Guy Nattiv is the descendant of Holocaust survivors.  He grew up listening to his grandparents’ stories.  It is because of this that Bryon Widner’s (Jamie Bell, who met Widner on the day of the Charlottesville rally) story caught his interest.  How often do we learn of neo-Nazi’s learning to undo…

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Is A Letdown

Godzilla: King of the Monsters may feature more of the titular anti-hero but the sequel’s script could have been stronger. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen unable to return due to scheduling conficts, a new family takes over.  Monarch scientists Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) split up as a result of the San Francisco incident.  However, the 2014 incident inspired Emma to revisit the bio-sonar prototype that they previously destroyed.  Emma’s plan…

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Boundaries: A Pot-Dealing Family Road Trip

Boundaries isn’t the typical family road trip as this one involves rescue animals and drug deals. “Don’t Pick Up!” This is what Laura (Vera Farmiga) has opted to label the name on her phone for her father, Jack (Christopher Plummer).  It’s the type of relationship that the two of them have.  Or lack thereof if you will.  It’s a relationship that Laura opens up with to her therapist at the beginning of the film.  Laura…

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Source Code arrives on 4K Ultra HD

The 2011 smartly-written time-bending thriller, Source Code, arrived on 4K Ultra HD this past week giving audiences the opportunity to watch the sci-fi thriller over and over. It’s right before Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) truly comes to terms in learning he’s in the body of teacher Sean Fentress (Frédérick De Grandpré) in which the Chicago Commuter Rail train explodes.  Even though it’s a sci-fi thriller, there’s an added layer of romance between Fentress and Christina…

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