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Source Code (2011)

Source Code baffles, stutter-steps to make every second count but fails, repeatedly. Tangled like an exercise in plot mechanics, Source Code plods like a blueprint manufactured during Hollywood boardroom hash parties and thirty second elevator pitches that end with a ‘ding’. Continue reading

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How Do You Know (2010)

It’s not that James L. Brooks’ sixth feature “How Do You Know” is bad; it just can’t bring the winning runner home or reach the bleachers before the game runs out. The film is about discovery and the places in life that still surprise, detour and how we get back on course or make a new road with this new-found sense of self. Sadly, not even when the guy gets the girl do we feel that we have reached the end of a satisfying journey because the extraordinary of the ordinary leaves the film before we do. Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go (2010)

Never Let Me Go feels far away and nearby, a chance to consider age as hardly worthy traipsing for living. Continue reading

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The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network — Have you friended someone lately? Continue reading

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The American (2010)

It’s not that Anton Corbign’s (Control) The American with George Clooney is a bad film. It’s not a film that you should miss, nor is it one that you should particularly run out to watch. What it is might not be at all what others have complained about – an action film wrapped in the faux sheep’s clothing of a character study. Yet in typical George Clooney fashion, it has its charms so don’t be fooled. Continue reading

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