Review: Get Low

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Starring: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black Director: Aaron Schneider “They keep talking about forgiveness. Ask Jesus for forgiveness. I never did nothing to Him…” Felix Bush has lived a hermit’s life for over 40 years, keeping himself away from Thirties society in his cabin in the woods. He is the subject of local gossip, with stories constantly circulating about the possible evils of his past. When Felix feels his time may be coming, he engages the services of funeral director Frank Quinn to arrange a funeral party…

Review: Paranormal Activity 2

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Starring: Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston Director: Tod Williams A family experience what they assume to be a break-in when their house is trashed while they are all out. After installing security cameras in various rooms, a series of unexplained events begin to plaque them, and it becomes increasingly clear that the house is home to a malevolent presence. The phenomenal success of the micro-budget sleeper hit, Paranormal Activity, guaranteed that a sequel would be hot on its heels. Hollywood loves a sure thing and sticking a ’2′ after…

Review: 127 Hours

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Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn Director: Danny Boyle Mountaineer Aron Ralston is involved in a freak accident and finds himself trapped under a rock at the arm. Unable to free himself, and with food, water and time running out, Aron slowly descends toward a terrible decision. It’s the movie that most people I’ve talked to simply describe as ‘the one where the guy cuts his own arm off’, as if it were some extreme episode of Friends. However, Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Aron Ralston’s five-day ordeal, based on…

Review: True Grit

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin Directors: The Coen Brothers When 14-year-old Mattie Ross’ father is murdered, she engages the services of drunken U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn to help hunt down her father’s killer, Tom Chaney. Together with Texas Ranger La Boeuf, they set off into Indian territory on Chaney’s trail. The Coens continue their eclectic career path with this adaptation of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, which was already adapted in 1969 with John Wayne in the lead role. This time around it is Jeff Bridges playing…

Review: Black Swan

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder Director: Darren Aronofsky Nina Sayers is a young ballet dancer with a New York troupe. Nina is totally dedicated to her craft, to the exclusion of all else. Reserved, naive and driven, Nina’s pursuit of perfection is stretched to breaking point when she wins the lead in Swan Lake. Called on to portray both the white swan, for which she is perfectly suited, and the black swan, which requires her to tap into the passions she works so hard…