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Monday
Oct102011

The Ides of March review - Gosling and Clooney can do no wrong

It’s starting to seem like Ryan Gosling can do no wrong.

His Oscar-nominated turn as a drug addicted junior high school teacher in 2006’s Half-Nelson proved he had chops, and he’s been showing them off ever since--in films such as last year’s Blue Valentine and the recently-released Drive. Now, he’s showing them off in George Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March and it seems implausible that the academy won’t honor him again next year.

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Sunday
Aug212011

Fright Night review - vampires are such assholes

Vampires are not the ideal neighbor. They'll hit on your mom, bring girls over at all hours of the night, and if you try and make a fuss, they'll kill you and your entire family. Hell, they might just kill you anyway. If you live miles outside of Las Vegas in a small neighborhood bordered by nothing but miles of desert, a bad neighbor can really get away with just about anything. Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his mother Jane (Toni Collette) learn this the hard way. There new neighbor's name is Jerry (Colin Farrell) and boy is he a huge douche.

Fright Night is Disturbia meets Zombieland meets, well, vampires. And the mix is perfect. The characters are fresh, the film is suspenseful, the villain is calculatingly playful, and the action is thrilling. There have been a heap of crappy movies starring the undead in the last few years, most notably films like Legion (or anything starring Paul Bettany). Fright Night is different. While the plot doesn't sound inventive from a birds eye view—a kid has to battle his vampire neighbor—it's full of fun surprises and a sharp sense of humor.

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