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02/09/2014 - 6:12pm
This week, I saw two films.  Neither of them is an important, challenging drama with earth shattering things to say; however, both provide lots of entertainment in their own ways.
 
The Lego Movie
 
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02/03/2014 - 12:39am
Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are two damaged souls who, together, make one whole person.  They are con artists running a fairly successful racket promising desperate people who can’t get money through the bank loans that cost $5000 in upfront fees.  No loans are ever given and the pair is happy working together, raking in money and living a comfortable life.
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01/26/2014 - 11:05pm
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young stock broker looking for a new gig after his first job ended following the Black Monday crash of 1987.  Desperate to get back to the luxury lifestyle he got a small taste of before; Belfort begins selling penny stocks from a storefront operation at a strip mall.  Employing the same techniques for penny stocks that he used for the blue chips, Belfort soon begins raking in big money from clients like mailmen, garbage men, teachers and factory workers.
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01/19/2014 - 12:55am
Her
Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is going through the final stages of a divorce from his wife Catherine (Rooney Mara).  He’s depressed and seems to be pouring all his feeling out at his job writing personal letters for people who apparently lack the ability to express themselves on paper.  He’s very good at his job and the office receptionist Paul (Chris Pratt) is one of his biggest fans.  Despite work going well, Theodore is painfully unhappy and depressed.
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01/13/2014 - 2:44am
A four-man Navy Seal team of Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) and Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) is sent into a mountainous region of Afghanistan to identify the location of high-ranking Taliban leader Ahmad Shah (Yusef Azami).  They are to verify his identity and inform their superiors by radio so a strike team can be sent in to capture and kill Shah.  Dietz is in charge of communications and warns the mountainous terrain could be a problem.  Once Shah is identified Dietz tries to call in but cannot.
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01/05/2014 - 9:34pm
Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) has just graduated from high school in Oxnard, California.  He and his best friend Hector (Jorge Diaz) are looking forward to a carefree summer.  At the building where Jesse lives, an odd woman named Anna (Gloria Sandoval) lives in the apartment directly below Jesse’s family.  Jesse frequently hears odd noises coming from Anna’s and she keeps her windows covered in newspaper.  One night, Anna is murdered.
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12/29/2013 - 10:16pm
Found in the forest as a preteen and raised as a servant, Kai (Keanu Reeves) is a mystery to the household he serves in Feudal Japan.  Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) took pity on Kai but others in his service hate and fear him, thinking he’s a demon.  Many years later, Lord Asano is hosting the leaders of all the territories in Japan for a tournament involving their samurai.  Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) is one of the leaders bringing his champion to compete.
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12/23/2013 - 1:18am
Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone (Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate) live in New York City and are married, have a six-year old son named Walter (Judah Nelson) and co-anchor a weekend network newscast.  Legendary anchorman Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) is rumored to be close to retirement and calls the couple up to his office.  Tannen offers the anchor position to Veronica and fires Ron because he is constantly making on-air mistakes.  Ron is furious and orders Veronica to not take the job.  She refuses his demand and the two break up.
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12/15/2013 - 9:05pm
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellan), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the rest of the dwarves from the Lonely Mountain continue on their journey to reclaim their kingdom from the fire-breathing dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).  The group is still being pursued by a group of Orcs led by Azok and his son Bolg.  Azok is called away to Dol Guldur by the necromancer to lead his Orc army in war.  Bolg is given the task of continuing the search for Thorin.
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12/08/2013 - 9:28pm
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is a despicable, womanizing, lying drunk.  Working for a small advertising agency in 1993, Joe is tasked by his boss to land the account of a car dealership over dinner and drinks.  Joe succeeds in getting the owner to agree to a deal but ruins it when he hits on the client’s wife.  He also has missed his daughter Mia’s third birthday party for this business dinner, making his ex-wife furious.