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Hell or High Water:

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Hell or High Water tells the tale of a pair of brothers who seek to find their own form or righteousness and justice in an unfair world. They try to parlay the hand they have been dealt in life into a new life, maybe not for them, but for their loved ones by robbing banks, but robbing them with a plan. The plan and hopefully some luck on their side they set off on an irreversible journey that they must see through to the end.

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The movie itself while can be seen a traditional bank robber story, also adds layers to its narrative and story telling that seek to further muddle the line between right and wrong, between bad and good. The brothers themselves seem also polar opposites of each other, but really they have similar ideals, just very different ways of solving their problems. We also get an added layer this story from the law enforcement perspective, as well as the average mans’.

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This is in general a more quiet film, that chooses to spend more time on the moments between the action, to further develop the relationships between characters. It’s set in Texas and it does a very good job of making you feel apart of that community, deepening the the connection we feel with these characters. It is a relatively small story, and the movie does a good job of making it feel small when it needs to, and a bit larger when that benefits the story.

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With some really great acting on all sides here, and a plot that really makes this movie more than winners and losers, Hell or High Water a very well crafted movie. It paced well enough that the minute it would seem to get too slow it picks back up, and its also short enough that it doesn’t seem like the movie is dragging on and on. If you’re a fan of a good old bank robbery, or dramas with a cowboy flair, you can’t go wrong giving this movie a watch.

Review : Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

“The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.”

If I had to describe or sum this movie up in one word it would be “Charming”. This is first time we are both going back to the wizarding world created by JK Rowling, and the first time we are getting a new and different look at her world. This time we are taken both to the past and for the first time, across the pond to 1920’s America. They do very well here also to make this new environment feel both new and familiar, just different enough from what we know and love. All the new characters here are also super well done and feel like we knew them for much longer than this one movie. They all come with their own quirks and charming traits that work together really well when the group is all together. I know they plan to make this a full on franchise and possibly 5 movies, and so far, they did a good job of laying enough hooks down for later movies and development. All in all Fantastic Beasts is more or less the movie that Harry Potter fans were waiting for. The movie does have its issues and they will seem greater to those who aren’t Potter fans, but it should be enjoyable to either party.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Incase You Missed It!

Warrior :

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2011 brought us the underrated piece of cinema that is Warrior. It stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, and is directed by Gavin O’Connor, and is probably still his best work to date. It tells the story of two brothers, who take very different paths in life, but end up fighting for the same prize and must ultimately battle each other.

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One of the shining lights of this movie, isn’t just the actors portrayals of MMA fighters or those who enter that arena, but rather the portrayal of the sport of MMA on a whole. It shows the tactical nature, the training, the heart and the will it takes to win a fight. The fights themselves are also done really well, and shot really well, and they give you the very real and gritty feel of being in the cage.

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On the other hand, this movie is much more and much deeper than just a fighting movie or a movie about fighting. This movie delves really deeply into the minds and mental states of both characters, and those they come in contact with. The secondary story line of this movie deals a lot with family issues and what it means to be brothers, husbands and sons.

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If you’re a fan of anything I’ve mentioned so far (actors, director, MMA, any of it), then you won’t be disappointed by this movie one bit. I think it got a bit overshadowed when it first came out, and didn’t really get the respect and success it deserves. One of the best movies of 2011, and definitely one to check out if you missed it.

Review : Arrival

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“A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.”

Arrival is the newest offering from director Denis Villeneuve, who’s sights are now squarely set on the up coming Blade Runner sequel. And if he can add the same kind of tension and sense of terror that he has in this movie, then we have nothing to worry about. Start to finish, Arrival is all about tension and intrigue. It keeps winding and winding you up till the end, then it just lets you be. It doesn’t end in a snap, but rather just a release. The story twists and turns in a way that keeps your attention and keeps you thinking as it goes along. Visually the movie is stunning, as both the cinematography and the visual effects here are top notch, and they add a real sense of realism to what the movie presents.All of the cast here is one point, but Amy Adams is the real stand out, and she delivers a truly nuanced and subtle performance the really helps you connect with her character. The score here is also used to perfection as it seems to creep and crawl until those moments when it springs up and heightens the tension even more. All in all Arrival is a very well done film, that doesn’t really have any short comings, unless you go into this movie expecting it be something its not (its really a science fiction thriller).

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Doctor Strange

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“A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.”

Doctor Strange is the 14th movie in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it brings for the first time, true magic and mysticism into the MCU. And it does this without fail and in some serious style. The look of the magic, and the way in which it was used was nailed 110%. They really sold that there was a physicality and a heft to using magic, and it wasn’t simply a point and spell situation. It also does extremely well to introduce and create these other, multiple dimensions and astral plains and the like. Part of that was because of the actors reactions to things they obviously weren’t seeing, and then the visual effects themselves were done spectacularly. This movie also does a really good job with the action and those action set pieces, and each characters choreography. The characters themselves were all very well played, and it was their commitment to their individual roles that really sold them and the story line here. Some people might find the villain here more of the same from the marvel villains thus far, and I both agree and disagree with that, but I can’t go to bat for it being an amazing villain either. We do however, get a look ahead at the probably next villain for Dr Steven Strange to combat, and that ones seems like a more likely candidate for a really memorable villain if we do indeed get a sequel about the sorcerer supreme. All in all Doctor Strange is very well put together movie with amazing visuals from top to bottom, but it maybe doesn’t get to the heights of movies like Cap 2.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10