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Equals

Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) begin a forbidden and passionate romance in a futuristic society where emotions have been outlawed, leading them to attempt a dangerous escape in this enthralling sci-fi love story. It’s been done before (and done better), but it’s always nice to see slight variations on a well trodden movie trope. Kristen Stewarts seems to have been born for this role and Nicholas Hoult plays off her very well.  I did see the final plot thread coming a mile away, but I think that made it much more enjoyable when it finally paid off in...

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Child’s Play 3

Eight years after seemingly destroying the killer doll, Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin) turns 16 and is placed in a military school. Meanwhile, the greedy president of Play Pals Toy Company decides to resurrect the popular Good Guys doll line, confident that all the bad publicity is forgotten. As the assembly line recreates the first doll from a mass of melted plastic, the spirit of Chucky returns to renew his quest and seek revenge on Andy. Once again it’s up to Andy to stop the unrelenting killer in this fast-paced thriller. This feels like a horror film that was made on...

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Snowden

Oliver Stone tackles the untold story behind Edward Snowden’s controversial decision to expose the NSA’s shocking surveillance activities in this politically-charged thriller. Seems terrifying that Snowden’s actions seem so minor in today’s political climate. With Donald Trump making American less and less safe with every passing moment, do agencies like the NSA or CIA need to have the tools that were taken away after they were brought to light by Snowden? When will Snowden get his rightful pardon? Sadly, not for another 4 years at the very least. The movie was well done, the story well laid out and understandable,...

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True Grit (2010)

Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn. Lots of big names, nearly every face was recognizable from better movies, Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, and Matt Damon headline and a few very recognizable faces show up towards the end of the film. I actually laughed when the main antagonist shows up. The one good thing that I can say about the cast is that Hailee...

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True Grit (1969)

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer in Indian territory. Gorgeous scenery and a simple plot that’s easy to follow. I really enjoyed sitting back and taking it all in. Kim Darby played a great kid, though it looks like she was actually 22 when she was playing the 14 year old Mattie Ross. John Wayne was John Wayne playing a one eyed cowboy, sadly the guy didn’t have a lot of range when it came to his cowboy roles. I did enjoy a part where he was...

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Keeping Up With The Joneses

A suburban couple discovers their neighbors are covert spies embroiled in espionage in this comedy with an all-star cast, including Zach Galifianakis, John Hamm and Isla Fisher. A cross of Burn After Reading and Mr and Mrs Smith, sadly without the charm of either movie. There’s some truly funny lines, but the movie doesn’t quite gel for me, there’s not a whole lot of chemistry between the two couples and the story is pretty silly if you look at it for too long.

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TV Shenanigans

I’ve had this Mitsubishi WD-65735 65-Inch 1080p DLP HDTV for several years (six? I think six, yes) and it’s always been a little janky, with some overscan issues and taking several seconds to change from input to input or channel to channel. It’s always been just good enough to not replace, always been a great TV, so the minor issues that it’s had haven’t really weighted on me. That being said, it was time to replace my $75 wal-mart sorta surround sound system with something that was actually dolby certified and could handle all the latest gizmos and formats that...

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Good Reads Import

I’ve been moving away from Shelfari and GoodReads as a logging system for my media, the only thing that made sense is to have them all here on my own blog, then I can really have a true picture of what I’m doing with my freetime.  Doing reviews for each of these books though would be difficult, as it’s been years that I’ve read them, and there was no review done on them back when I finished them.  So, I’ll just do a single list from each of the sites so that way I can find the book on the...