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Moneyball

Moneyball is the true story about Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland Athletics during the 2001-2002 season of the MLB. Faced with a tight budget, Billy Beane must reinvent his team by disregarding conventional baseball wisdom. He teams up with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) and uses modern day analytics […]

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The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 espionage thriller directed by John McTiernan. Based on the popular Tom Clancy novel, the film tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) and his crew in the brand new, state of the art submarine called the Red October. The Red October is equipped with innovative stealth technology, […]

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The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland is the on screen adaptation of the Giles Foden’s novel of the same name. Set in 1970’s Uganda, military general Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) has risen to power as the country’s president. During the same time, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) is on a humanitarian medical mission to Uganda. An […]

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Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass is based on the real life drama and controversy surrounding Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), a young and prominent writer for the The New Republic. The film recounts the downfall of Stephen Glass, as he was responsible for turning in dozens of phony, false and outrageous stories for his company in the hopes of furthering his career. […]

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The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay and is the second for what I assume to be many more movies to spawn out of this new ‘Lego-verse’. Starring Will Arnett as Batman, The Lego Batman Movie is about Batman’s relationship with his sidekick Robin (Michael Cera), butler/long time carer Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) and his arch nemesis […]

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Forrest Gump

Winner of 1994’s best picture award, Forrest Gump is a biopic for the fictional character of Forrest Gump. Despite being raised in the small town of Greensboro, Alabama and having an IQ of 85, Forrest never thought of himself as being disadvantaged or restricted in comparison to others. Thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), and the […]

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The Edge of Seventeen

Wowzers. Its been over two weeks since my last review so let’s see if I still have the flow. The Edge of Seventeen is a modern age teen drama centered around the fictional character of Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld). In her junior year of high school, Nadine faces significant difficulties in her life. From the passing of her […]

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State of Play

State of Play is directed by Kevin Macdonald and is the big screen adaption of the 2003 BBC series of the same name. The film starts of with a string of murders, one of them involving the aide of a powerful D.C congressman; Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck). Journalist Cal McAffrey (Russell Crowe), an old friend of […]

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Hotel Rwanda

Wow this was a difficult movie to watch. Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George is about the 1992 Rwandan genocide. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. During the same time, Rwanda is facing a political crisis between the country’s two major social classes: the Hutu and Tutsi. The Hutu military […]

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Django Unchained

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s homage to its spaghetti western inspiration and an unorthodox commentary about America’s slave trade. Set two years prior to the American Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx) is freed from his brutal slave owner by a German bounty hunter who goes by the name of Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz seeks […]

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Gran Torino

Gran Torino is yet another film directed and starred by Clint Eastwood. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a retired Korean War veteran and auto parts manufacturer who finds emptiness in his life due to the death of his wife. On the day of his wife’s funeral, a Vietnamese family by the name of Hmong moves in […]

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie is directed Bryan Singer and is about the 15th and final assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler before his death. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise), is a military officer of the national socialist party who serves his country with utmost patriotism but fears that Germany would collapse under the further rule of Hitler. He […]

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk is revered filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s latest epic, which is about the real life events of May 1940. Germany’s advance into France left over 330,000 Allied troops stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. Due to the enormous air and sea support from British and French forces alike, these troops were slowly and strategically evacuated using every […]

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is the real life story of the US containership Maersk Alabama, captained by Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. The hijackers are a small band of Somali pirates led by Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi) who sought out to initially steal some basic supplies and cash. […]

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American Sniper

American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood and is the real life story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a US Navy SEALS officer who serves his country for 4 tours in Iraq and later becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history with over 160 confirmed kills. However during his endeavours to battle terror […]

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The Founder

This is going to be a shorter review than normal because in all honesty I’m struggling to come up with logical sentences to describe this movie. The Founder is the true story about how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling milkshake salesman from Illinois, successfully managed to acquire and grow one of the largest fast food franchises […]

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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is not your everyday sports/boxing movie. Directed by Clint Eastwood, Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran coach in Los Angeles who trains professional boxers. When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hillary Swank) arrives in Frankie’s gym to seek training from him, he is reluctant to train the young woman due to his distaste for training […]

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Looper

Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper is about a futuristic society where time travel exists. When the crime mobs of this society want to get rid of a body, they transport the body thirty years into the past where a Looper is waiting to kill and dispose the body. Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is one such Looper. One day, his bosses […]

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been on my watchlist for quite a while, so I was glad that I was able to finally watch it yesterday night. Directed Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, this movie is a classic court case drama dealing discrimination at the workplace. Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) is a homosexual who works for […]

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Alright folks let’s talk about the much acclaimed War for the Planet of the Apes. Directed by Matt Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes tackles the aftermath of the previous movie, where the apes are forced into a deadly conflict with the humans after their attack on San Francisco. After about 5 years of battle, the apes […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after the events of the previous film. The simian flu has wiped out much of the Earth’s population. However in the heart of San Francisco lies a small community living in closed quarters who have become immune to the virus but face a significant […]

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Leading up to the much awaited War for the Planet of the Apes, I have decided to review the other two films of this franchise that I have surprisingly never seen before. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the first of these two films. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, this movie is centered around the scientific […]

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Point Break (1991)

Oh Hollywood… always cursing us with your rubbish remakes of classic movies that somehow end up spoiling original source material. Thankfully, this is not one of days where I’m going to be reviewing a terrible Hollywood reboot of some beloved franchise or stand alone film. Today I’m going to be reviewing the original Point Break. Point Break […]

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Minority Report

Is it just me or did any one you also pause the screen in the middle of this movie and say “What is actually going on”. I did. Many times. I don’t really understand the technology that is discussed in this movie; the precogs. I’m really diverging here… Minority Report is directed Steven Spielberg and features Tom […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spidey’s back, and he’s back in a big way! Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is the latest collaborative effort between Marvel and Sony to deliver a Spider-Man movie for the ages! This time around, we are introduced to the character of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his life in high school. After a thrilling […]

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Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water is directed by David McKenzie and stars Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Ben Foster. The premise for this movie is as straightforward as it gets: Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) are divorced brothers living in their ranch in West Texas, which is on the verge of foreclosure. The two […]

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Robocop (2014)

A remake of Paul Verhoeven’s original masterpiece, this installment is centered around the character of Detroit cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) who gets critically injured in his line of duty. As a response to gain support for legalizing an automated police force in the United States, multibillion dollar tech company OmniCorp led by Raymond Sellars […]

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No Country for Old Men

Alright folks, today’s review is about the highly acclaimed and best picture winner of 2008; ‘No Country for Old Men’. Directed by the Coen brothers, this self-contained visual narrative is about Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who stumbles upon 2 million dollars after discovering the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong in the deserts of […]

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Prisoners

Watching Prisoners was an intense and emotional experience for me from beginning to end. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners is about a missing child case. Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) daughter Ana, alongside her friend go missing during a Thanksgiving dinner. His only lead is a parked RV, which had been parked on the street prior […]

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John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 2 is an excellently executed sequel to the acclaimed John Wick, which was released just three years prior. Retired super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) continues his quiet life in upstate New York until he is reintroduced to an old foe, who compels him to repay past favors. Wick reluctantly accepts his offer […]

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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is yet another iteration of the famous movie monster ‘King Kong’. Set in the 70s just after the end of the Vietnam War, a group of scientists, soldiers and a photographer set out to the seas to explore an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Nicknamed ”Skull Island”, this majestic creation of […]

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Back to the Future Part III

In the final chapter of this franchise, Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) must travel back 70 years to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) from the dangers of the Wild West. During this adventure, the Delorean breaks down thus leaving both Marty and Doc Brown stuck in the Wild West. Our dynamic duo must utilize the […]

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Back to the Future Part II

Back to the Future Part II is the zany and much asked for sequel to its predecessor. Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel 30 years into the future to 2015 to save Marty’s son from disaster. During this operation, a mishap occurs involving a sports almanac and Biff Tannen (Thomas […]

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Transformers: The Last Knight

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is the fifth installment of this Hasbro led franchise. Directed by Michael Bay, this film explores the hidden history of the Transformers’ existence on Earth. In the modern day, humans and Transformers are at war with one another. Optimus Prime is gone. Cade Yeager aka the inventor (Mark Wahlberg) has to […]

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Back to the Future

And we’re back! Sorry for not posting for a whole week 😦 I was out of town and devoid of any form of internet access. Come to think of it, maybe that wasn’t such a bad idea… But anyways today’s review is about ‘Back to the Future’. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, ‘Back to the Future’ […]

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There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is a movie about oil, family and religion. Oil miner Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) leads a hardscrabble life with his son to discover and mine sites oozing with oil. When introduced to a site in Little Boston claimed by Paul Sunday (Paul Dano) to be […]

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The Mummy

The Mummy is Universal’s reboot of the 1999 film of the same name. This time we are introduced to Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), a soldier of fortune who digs up and stores ancient treasures for his own benefit. During one of his adventures in Iraq with his right hand man Vail (Jake Johnson), he stumbles […]

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Platoon

Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone, tells the story of Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), who left behind his education to enlist in the US army for the Vietnam War. The movie counts down the days Chris has until he is relieved of his duty in the war. During his time there, his idealism fades, he realizes […]

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Wonder Woman

Before I get into this review, let me make two brief statements that I feel people who haven’t watched this movie are wondering: Wonder Woman is the best female led superhero movie we have ever had to date. Wonder Woman is the best DCEU movie we have had to date. Now that that’s cleared up, […]

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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s take on the German occupation of France in the heat of WW2. This movie converges two key storylines, both involving the elimination of key Nazi officials. Allied officer Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of highly qualified Jewish soldiers known as the ‘Inglourious Basterds’ to covertly take out Nazi’s […]

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Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Vol. 2 takes off right where vol. 1 left off. The bride continues her revenge tour to eliminate members of the deadly assassination viper squad who ruined her wedding, killed off her baby who she was pregnant with and put her in a coma for four years. This movie focuses more on her […]

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Kill Bill Volume 1

Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a worthy addition QT’s playbox. It is a fictional film about a former assassin, formally referred to as ‘The Bride’ (Uma Thurman). After waking up from a four year coma, ‘The Bride’ is out for revenge. She seeks to kill 5 individuals part of the ‘Deadly Assassination Viper Squad’ who […]

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Road to Perdition

‘Road to Perdition’, is an early 2000s crime film directed by Sam Mendes. Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is an enforcer for the powerful John Rooney (Paul Newman). For a long time Mike has kept his profession a secret from his family. However during one of his missions, his son played by Tyler Hoechlin, discovers his […]

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Goodfellas

Goodfellas is Marty Scorsese’s answer to the Godfather trilogy. Set in the backdrop of New York city, the movie covers the teenage and adulthood years of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a notorious gangster who grew up alongside the mob. During his climb up the ranks he meets Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe […]

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity is the inspiring true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a south indian mathematician who travels to Trinity College, Cambridge to work and make publications with G.H Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Srinivasa’s contributions to mathematics were nothing short of groundbreaking. He was the first to develop the hypergeometric series, solve a quadratic […]

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai is a movie about transformation and progression. Tom Cruise plays Capt. Nathan Algren, an American military officer hired by the Japanese Ambassador to train Japan’s first army in the art of modern warfare. The role of this army is to defeat Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) and his clan of ancient samurai. Japan is […]

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