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Lego Movie is a blockbuster

Lego Movie is a blockbuster

The Lego Movie, a CGI animated romp based around the endlessly popular building toys, could have stopped at being a cute toy commercial and called it a day and would have probably made sufficient money. But it didn't settle for that. With fantastic animation, wit, heart, and even subversiveness, The Lego Movie sets a high benchmark for family-centric cinema.

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The Homesman is not the usual Western film

The Homesman is not the usual Western film

It should be no surprise that the Western film genre is largely an exaggeration of the time period. There have been a slew of revisionist Westerns made over the last half century that portray the less-heroic aspects of the Old West. While those stories involved gunplay, foreplay and foul play, very rarely did they ever tap into real mental illness.

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Whiplash startles the senses

Whiplash startles the senses

I've never before been scared in a movie theater. Sure, I've been startled by loud bursts of noise, but I've never succumbed to the state where I must close my eyes at the horror of what's occurring on the screen. Well, you're never too old for first experiences, which is just what occurred at my screening of Whiplash, which manages to startle the senses with grim reality.

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