The Dark Knight Rises

It is nearly impossible to overstate the incredible amount of hype and build-up there has been to one of the most anticipated movies ever made, and what is sure to become one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history. With 2005’s Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan employed a somber and serious tone that re-defined the Batman story as well as the entire comic-book genre. And then 2008’s follow-up, The Dark Knight, was held up as the pinnacle of its kind, and now comes The Dark Knight Rises, reportedly closing the trilogy. Several new characters are introduced, some old ones return, and others are missed, but despite weaknesses in some areas, Nolan has created a film on a canvas of an epic scope, leaving us with an overall feeling of admiration and satisfaction.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of The Southern Wild is a film about beauty. It’s a film about beauty in life, beauty in death, beauty in humanity, and beauty in nature. Beasts shows beauty in creation, beauty in destruction. There is beauty in being lost, and beauty in being found, beauty in society, and beauty in anarchy. Director Benh Zeitlin believes that we live in a beautiful world.

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Savages

There are many times in Savages that characters tell others to “leave their morals at the door”. Director Oliver Stone seems to tell the audience to do the same as they enter his twisted tale of sex, lies, and copious amounts of graphic and brutal violence. Savages is a very adult thriller, and within the first five minutes, you’ll know whether this is your kind of movie or not. How will you know? Simple, because there is enough sex, violence, cursing, and drug use to earn the movie a hard “R”. Believe me, its all downhill from there.

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The Amazing Spiderman

When we think of New York’s most famous super-hero, sure, we might imagine the costumed Spidey swinging from building to building and slinging bad guys up in his web. But we also picture his alter ego Peter Parker, whose job is conveniently to take pictures of Spiderman for the Daily Bugle; Peter’s funny altercations with the Bugle’s manager, his slightly tongue in cheek narration, or even his efforts to woo his crush, Mary-Jane. These elements could of course just be construed as personal preference, but the fact is that none of them are present in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spiderman”, making way for a more somber and brooding experience.

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Ted

The first thing that should be said about Ted is that it is a very entertaining film. It’s a great thing when a movie manages to keep you totally immersed, especially if it’s a comedy, where lulls are the deadliest thing. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of such hit TV shows as Family Guy and American Dad, has transitioned to the big screen with the same brand of irreverent and inappropriate humor that he is loved for, with broadly positive results.

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