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Rated: 4/5

500 Days of Summer

Tom has found "the one", the girl he's destined to be with for the rest of his life, he's found Summer. Unfortunately Summer doesn't believe in either destiny or long term relationships. 500 Days of Summer chronicles their time together, but as the opening narration warns, this is not a love story (actually it is, just not a typical love story). 500 Days of Summer is an emotionally resonant portrayal of a couple with mismatched expectations that manages to stay light-hearted while dealing with the worst part of love gone wrong.

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Rated: 2/5

Antichrist

After the loss of their child, a husband tries to help his wife through her grief and mental anguish, uncovering deeper issues and leading into a spiral of violence. With hints at the either the supernatural or insanity, Antichrist contains some beautifully crafted and well acted scenes as well as scenes of graphic sex and genital mutilation. Although Antichrist appeared to tell me a story, in the end I could not make enough sense of it to justify the experience of watching it.

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Rated: 4.5/5

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In is hard to pin down. It's a story about a boy and a girl, it's a story about relationships, it's a story about bullying, it's a story about isolation, and it's a vampire story. Oskar is isolated, bullied, and harboring pent up aggression. When he meets his new neighbour Eli a friendship rapidly developments and we learn Eli is not a normal girl. The story is a study of two damaged people finding each other, with some disturbing overtones enabled by supernatural story points. Let the Right One In had my full attention as it unfolded and left me saying "wow" when it was done.

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Rated: 3.5/5

Moon

Moon is the story of Sam Bell, the lone worker on a lunar mining base. Not only is he getting ready to go home after working in isolation for 3 years, he may be going crazy. Moon is a solid sci-fi psycho-thriller and I enjoyed watching the story, with all its mysteries, unfold. Sam Rockwell puts in a great performance. Unfortunately, the dramatic tension never seemed to increase and I found the story a bit flat. Even with its lack of high-tension I enjoyed Moon, and recommend it to sci-fi fans.

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Rated: 3/5

Prince of Persia

Based on the video game of the same name, a prince saves the world. It's a fun romp if you don't think too hard about the plot.

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Rated: 4/5

Revanche

Revanche is a brooding character study of one man's loss and the revenge he contemplates for it. You don't want to know too much about this movie before seeing it. It's a chameleon that will pleasantly surprise you with some unpredictable moments. Though it's Austrian with English subtitles, so much of the communication is visual you won't do as much reading as you might think.

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Rated: 3/5

The Last Mimzy

The Last Mimzy is charming little picture about children finding a box of toys and saving the world. Unlike many studio products of this type (Disney, I'm looking at you) this is a smart script that doesn't rely on stupid adults and silly action-oriented plot devices to move the story forward (not that there's anything wrong with silly action . . . every once in a while). Though smart, the story lacked the kind of dramatic tension and sophistication that would make it a must see.

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Rated: 3/5

The Road

After an unnamed apocalypse and the death of his wife, a man realizes he must take his young son south to warmer weather if they hope to survive. The Road chronicles their journey, with it's trials and tribulations. The Road was an interesting watch; I often found myself asking what I would do in similar situations. Sadly, it did not capture me emotionally and truly bring me into the story.

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Rated: 3/5

Thirst

Thirst is the story of a Korean priest who contracts a blood disease and becomes a vampire. Already struggling with temptation, his enhanced senses, accentuated carnal drives, and need for blood complicate his relationship with his faith. Thirst rambled quite a bit but told an interesting story and provided some humorous moments of the black variety.

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Rated: 4.75/5

Up

Carl had a good life, but everything he loved is gone or disappearing. Fed up, he decides to fulfill both a promise and a lifelong goal with an adventure to South America ... flying in his house ... carried by helium balloons. Things get complicated by a boy, a bird, and a dog. The boy is 8 years old, the bird is 10 feet tall, and the dog talks; Carl gets more adventure than he bargained for. Up is a wonderful, smart exploration of what's important versus what we think is important, that doesn't resort to tired emotional gimmicks. I greatly enjoyed it.

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