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October 14, 2013


Now You See Me

I feel like this movie was sort of a dud, bookended by great moments. I really enjoyed seeing how the crew got together, watching their first big illusion, and learning how they pulled it off. Then there was a lot of weird, unexplainable stuff. Then there’s a big reveal at the end that is pretty cool. A lot of hit and miss, overall. The cast is great, and everyone does a good job. I think this is one worth seeing if you can’t find anything else to watch, as it’s not unentertaining, it’s just not really all that special.
C


The Kings of Summer

I LOVED this movie. I don’t know what it is about movies with kids going off on their own (see Stand By Me and Attack the Block), but they are among my favorites. This movie has a lot of heart, but it’s really, really funny, too. All the acting was exceptional, but Moises Arias, who plays a very strange, nerdy, outcast-type kid, steals the show. This definitely isn’t a movie for everyone, but it’s one of those few that come out every year that are right up my alley. This is definitely going to be high on my favorites of 2013 list.
A


Gravity

I have a few minor gripes about this movie, but overall it was pretty amazing. Visually, this movie is stunning. The cinematography is, at times, completely crazy, in a really great way. The acting is fantastic. The soundtrack, or lack-thereof, is awesome. And the plot works great. I mainly have two slight nuisances, that I can quickly get over. The first being a couple of monologues given by Bullock that were just a bit too cheesy for me. I get what they were going for, and I understand that having her narrate her thoughts would’ve probably been worse, but having her say these sentimental things out loud just came across as a little over-sappy. My second gripe was that all of the imperfect things that happened seemed to happen so perfectly. One massive problem gets solved, and another is right there waiting. I know, I know, it’s a movie. And, again, I can get over it, but I just wanted to yell “give this girl a break!” It felt almost like I was watching Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.  That’s a bit of a stretch (okay, quite a stretch) but I really wanted to type out that title. All that being said, this is a movie you should see, and you should see in the theater. I’m not sure it’ll have quite the same effect on the small screen.
A

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