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Win Win (2011) R

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I was lucky enough to catch this film while out of town. Films like these (independent films) just simply aren't available in my area. It's a shame, but it's a sad fact of life. A lot of the best films are often never seen in theaters by anyone. This film centers around Paul Giamatti's (Sideways, Cinderella Man) character. Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a weathered New Jersey attorney and varsity wrestling coach. Work has been extremely slow for Mike, and the only available cases are absurd and not lucrative. His relationship with his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) is strong, but has seen better days. Mike neglects to tell Jackie about their financial problems, which may come back to bite him.

Mike often spends time with his best friend Terry (Bobby Cannavale). Terry is fresh off a divorce, and has problems of his own. They often blow off steam by jogging/running together. Mike is also good friends his with assistant coach Stephen (Jeffrey Tambor). Stephen knows very little abou…

Catch-up

It's not particularly easy to do reviews day after day, so I've had to cut back a bit. What I'm doing here is going through the movies I've been unable to review. I will give my thoughts on each film, as well as a grade. There are still a few films I want to review that I saw a while ago (The Next Three Days, Conviction, Love and Other Drugs, TRON: Legacy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy). Some films just aren't worth reviewing, so I will save you the trouble. As always, I will review every film I see in theaters and try to review films that were on my most anticipated films list. I will also try my best to spill out reviews for new DVD releases, to make it easier on you when traveling to Blockbuster. Enjoy as always and feel free to comment on any film. Please leave suggestions if you're so inclined. These are all 2010 films, just for the record.

Jack Goes Boating: Phillip Seymour Hoffman's (Capote, Doubt) directorial debut was a success. All the pe…

Source Code (2011) PG-13

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My sincere apologies for not getting this finished sooner, folks. I've been a busy beaver; it's just one thing after another. Anyways...I will now start my review. This is the second film by Duncan Jones (Moon), and it's clear that he's going to be one of the good directors. Moon (starring Sam Rockwell), was simply fantastic and fresh. Jones had a lot of people in his corner for this film, so the pressure was on. The script was written by Ben Ripley, which was an interesting choice because his most notable work was on the last two Godawful Species sequels. And Ripley has gotten some flack, but I happened to think the script was quite humorous and top notch. My main man Jake Gyllenhaal (Brothers, Jarhead) is the lead actor, for those of you who don't know. He plays Captain Colter Stevens. Stevens is a decorated helicopter pilot for the United States Air Force.

Colter wakes up on a train headed to the wonderful city of Chicago. He has no recollection how he got there.…

127 Hours (2010) R

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127 Hours became available to view just a few days ago around these parts. I knew it would be good, but I also knew it could be a bit of a letdown because of all the hype. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine) is one of the ten best living directors without a doubt (in my opinion), and he rarely disappoints. He combined once again with Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) to write the fantastic script. This was a huge opportunity for James Franco (Pineapple Express, Spider-Man), and he shines. This film is of course based on the true survival story of Aron Ralston. Ralston was and is still an extreme outdoors-man, rock-climber, mountain biker and so on and so forth. This film is based on Ralston's book (Between a Rock and a Hard Place). I'd find it hard to believe if you told me you don't already know what happens in the end, but knowing what happens makes no difference.

The film begins with Aron (James Franco) setting out for a weekend of adventure in the Utah desert.…