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Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by: Danny Boyle
Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Irfan Khan
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Rating: PG-13

CLICK HERE to read the complete Scorecard Review by Nick Allen

Plot: It’s the potential of rags to riches as a slumdog (poor Indian boy played by Patel) must answer questions while on India’s own “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Each question somehow relates to a moment in his past mainly involving his older brother (Mittal) and a girl (Pinto) who he believes is the love of his life.

Who’s It For? This is the most accessible, mainstream Indian film (yes, it’s Indian even though a English man directed it) I have seen. The only thing Bollywood about it is all the vibrant colors and a slightly odd musical number at

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Religulous

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Religulous

Directed by: Larry Charles
Starring: Bill Maher
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Rated: R

Mug. That’s the key to Religulous … which, by the way took me WAY too long to finally pronounce correctly. It was like staring at Scarlett Johansson … I knew I was supposed to get “it,” but I wasn’t seeing what everyone else was.

Back to mug, which can pretty much equal Maher for the duration of this film. He’s front and center leading the way to create an understanding of why and how people believe what they do. Maher says he simply doesn’t know the answers. That’s his religion, the unknowing. And he attempts to investigate why others believe what they do with an open mind, but it’s Maher. He mugs.

And most everyone who sees Religulous

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Synecdoche, New York

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Synecdoche, New York

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams
Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Rating: R

CLICK HERE to read De Salvo’s complete Scorecard Review … he gives it a 7/10

Plot: It’s pronounced (sin-neck-doe-key) if you’re unsure. But unsure just might be the point. Caden (Hoffman) attempts to create the most ambitious play ever imagined at the exact time his life begins to unravel.

Who’s It For? Let me just take a line from the film to explain who it’s for … “Knowing that you don’t know is the first essential step to knowing, you know?” This is an impressionist film. It is what you make it. That will turn away most, but with Kaufman directing, you are guaranteed to see something original.

OVERALL

It’s a movie about

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The Haunting of Molly Hartley

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Directed by: Mickey Liddell
Cast: Haley Bennett, Jake Weber, Chace Crawford
Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Rating: PG-13

Plot: Seventeen-year old Molly (Bennett) slowly learns of the horrors that will happen to her on the day she turns eighteen.

Who’s It For?: In the world of Molly Hartley, parents are trying to kill their children, religion is a super-lame idea forced upon by pesky, ugly fanatics, and more importantly – no one understands you. This movie is basically gasoline to the fiery angst burning within WASP-y teenagers who just got their braces. And while Nick and Norah was their Say Anything, this is their Exorcist.

Expectations: When I heard someone talking about this movie, they said it was like 2006’s The Covenant. I became truly frightened – one time I had a

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W.

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W.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Cast: Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Elizabeth Banks
Time: 2 hrs 9 mins
Rating: PG-13

Plot: The life and time of George W. Bush (Brolin) — from the time he was in college to his current position as President of the United States.

Who’s it For? Liberal minded folks with flock to this film for a chance to laugh at our current President. But I am vastly more interested in people who still respect/admire/follow our current Commander-in-Chief, what will they make us this? The focus is not as mean as I was prepared for, I think there are only two f-bombs and it doesn’t talk about George W. Bush’s cocaine use.

CLICK HERE to read De Salvo’s full Scorecard Review

OVERALL
It’s always good, never great. It’s an amazing time

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Max Payne

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Max Payne
Directed by: John Moore
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris O’Donnell, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges
Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Rating: PG-13

Plot: Based on the popular, violent video game comes the story of DEA agent Max Payne (Wahlberg). He now works the cold cases trying to avenge his wife and daughter’s murder. Max begins to piece together a conspiracy with the help of an assassin (Kunis) that involves devils and drugs.

Who’s It For? I hope gamers like it. But I heard it was originally an R-rated film, then changed to a PG-13, less violent version. That’s not going to make die-hards happy. And if you aren’t familiar with this world, I wouldn’t bother checking it out. Check out McLaughlin’s full Scorecard Review–which will be up later this weekend–for the

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Body of Lies

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Body of Lies
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani
Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Rating: R

Plot: Ed Hoffman (Crowe) pulls the strings from afar, as Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) conducts high-risk missions in the Middle East in an attempt to take down terrorists. Things get complicated with Roger falls for Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani) and must make difficult decisions about who his friends and allies truly are.

Overall: There is definitely enough to keep you interested, but as soon as the film ends, its purpose instantly disappears. What’s the point? The fact that Roger could have turned to Ed and said, “I got to go see about a girl,” (stolen of course from Good Will Hunting), comes close to negating the impact this film should have. The story is the downfall here. DiCaprio’s accent fits better than it did in Blood Diamond, along with Crowe and his method-acting weight gain … both are very good.

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