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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness

'The East' movie with Brit Marling. 'The East' movie: Thriller marred by unbridled earnestness The East is a didactic polemic couched in a mediocre thriller that takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously. That isn't to say the concerns of The East's young filmmakers – director / co-screenwriter Zal Batmanglij and leading lady / co-screenwriter Brit Marling (also a producer along with, among others, Tony Scott and Ridley Scott) – aren't earnest. To the best that can be discerned, Batmanglij and Marling seem to genuinely care about our society and its ever-diminishing corporate values. In fact, the charge brought by The East's characters seems to be the charge brought by its filmmakers: The powers-that-be poison our food and […]


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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness



'Juno' Movie Review - Ellen Page, Michael Cera Jason Reitman

Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Juno Directed by Jason Reitman and written by 2008 Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody, Juno is what most teen movies are not: non-commercial, with an “agenda” between the pages of its screenplay. In other words, Juno isn't an excuse for promoting a soundtrack, and because of its low budget it can take risks without worrying about the bottom line – and risks it does take. The plot follows a high-school girl, Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), who has sex with a boy she likes, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). As a result of that encounter, Juno becomes pregnant. Despite the pressing issue of teen pregnancy, Juno is actually more about the girl who gets pregnant, her quirky personality, and […]


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'Juno' Movie Review - Ellen Page, Michael Cera Jason Reitman



'Inception' Movie: Christopher Nolan Summer Blockbuster with Brains & Heart

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception.' 'Inception' movie review: Summer blockbuster with brains & soul Christopher Nolan's Inception is a summer blockbuster that doesn't act like one. Unlike so many of the tedious, one-note Big Movies that get released year after year, Inception has not only brains, but a heart and a soul as well. The fact that this sci-fier/thriller also offers fascinating special effects is like icing on the cake. They're not necessary, but having them makes the whole thing that much better. In Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a man who steals information for high-priced clients; his method is to enter people's dreams to extract data hidden in their subconscious. When the powerful businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) offers him a […]


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'Inception' Movie: Christopher Nolan Summer Blockbuster with Brains & Heart