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Review: Love Happens

LoveHappensPosterLet’s play a game; pretend I’m Jennifer Aniston’s agent. No more romantic comedies! Cue the cheers and applause. There’s a reason people keep turning out for her films, they like her. When you’ve got moviegoers pulling for you, they’ll stick with you no matter what. Why not take some chances and diversify your repertoire a bit? Between the trailer, the poster and the film’s title, it’s obvious that Love Happens finds Aniston nestled safe and sound in her usual lady-with-love-problems role. Aaron Eckhart in full Two-Face costume couldn’t even spice this one up.

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Review: The Burning Plain

TheBurningPlainPosterThe Burning Plain is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle when you’ve already seen the cover of the box. You’re thrilled about putting together all the pieces, but once that initial pleasure wears off, you’re left with exactly what you knew you were going to get and have nowhere to put it. Academy Award nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga continues to use his signature multi-narrative structure in his directorial debut. Funny thing is, this first-time director’s film falters in the area he’s well seasoned in, the screenwriting. Just like his highly acclaimed films Babel and 21 Grams, The Burning Plain makes the viewer think. The problem is, you’re never compensated for your work.

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Review: Sorority Row

SororityRowPosterPaint by numbers horror is tiresome, but horror movies should work within the genre. When they color too far outside the lines fans get lost. Sorority Row has all of the necessary elements to make it a typical slasher flick but at the same time tries to put a fresh coat of primer on the genre in an effort to find a happy medium between those two alternatives. While the film never quite reaches that middle ground, it sure provides a damn good time while trying to find it.

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Review: Halloween II

HalloweenIIPosterWhen you’re rebooting a film franchise you obviously run the risk of not pleasing the fans. Disappointment is one thing, but the absolute disgust I felt after seeing Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is inexcusable. At one point in the film, a character is accused of “profiteering off the miseries of others” and that is exactly what Zombie will do to you if you see this movie.

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Review: Cold Souls

ColdSoulsPosterWhat exactly is a soul? I’d like to imagine it as an internal element of a person that provides a personality. Our likes and dislikes, talents, hopes and dreams all connected and projected via the body so those around us can see who we are. It’s ironic, but that’s what Cold Souls lacks, a consistent soul. It’s got all of the pieces – great performances, an intriguing plot and visually stimulating camerawork – but it is trying to be too many things at once. The elements that work are deep and thought provoking while the others are, well, soulless.

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