March 12, 2013

My Latest at Your Movie Madness

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It's that time again - I have been hard at work (man, what could be better 'work' than watching movies, then telling everyone what I think of them?) and have a few more reviews to share!  My original plan was to link up every week, but I'm a bit behind!  Here are my latest opinions over at Your Movie Madness!

Phantom - 4/10
Phantom seemed to show up in theaters just as it’s title suggests – slipping into our local cineplex without notice. I saw it in the listings and after watching the preview thought it looked interesting and exciting. I enjoy military movies and disaster movies, so it seemed right up my alley.  keep reading

Warm Bodies - 9/10
I’m not too proud to admit that I got swept up in the Zombie craze that’s been going on the last few years. I love exploring the mythologies and worlds created through each author or director’s vision. I live for the stories and worlds that are unique, but even I didn’t expect to hear the words zombie and love story in the same sentence. Beyond hearing them, I never would have expected that they would not only work, but sweep me away.  keep reading

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - 7/10
During the previews for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters I suddenly realized I had not seen a single preview for the movie I was about to see. I was surprised, since this one is right up my alley. If it’s got vampires, werewolves, fairies, or witches, chances are I’ll be there. I’m a huge supernatural fan, and intrigued by the re-imagining of classic fairy tales, especially when they swing more towards their darker origins.  keep reading

Zero Dark Thirty - 8/10
From the moment I heard about Zero Dark Thirty, I knew I wanted to see it. Once I heard Kathryn Bigelow was on board, I was even more interested. This is Bigelow’s first feature film since 2009’s The Hurt Locker, which made her the first female Best Director winner, also taking home Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay among others. Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatized account of the 10 year manhunt for terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden. The story centers around Maya (Jessica Chastain – The Debt, The Help), a CIA officer who has spent her entire career with the CIA focused on finding a man known as Abu Ahmed, who works as a personal courier for Bin Laden. Maya works closely with another CIA officer, Dan (Jason Clarke – Public Enemies, Lawless), and various other operatives in the middle east and later back in Washington D.C. As the years go by, we follow Maya as she becomes more deeply invested in and affected by her hunt for America’s most wanted criminal. keep reading

The Impossible - 8/10
Every so often in our lives, events occur that are incomprehensible. It is almost impossible to comprehend the horror of the people caught in the towers on September 11, genocide in Rwanda, or on the beach when the tsunami struck Thailand in 2004. In The Impossible, director J. A. Bayona (The Orphanage) dares us to try. keep reading


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