Odd Thomas (2013)

There is nothing odd about loving a film like this. A paranormal detective story with some excellent action, wonderful CGI and actors that you’ll love. Anton Yelchin is a new favorite of mine. Addison Timlin has been on my radar for a little bit but she’s gorgeous and wonderful in this film. Willem Dafoe has a smaller role, but I still love him in this. The story keeps you hooked, the action gets your heart racing. There are a few scary parts that made me jump, you can definitely tell this came from the mind of Dean Koontz, it’s quirky and hellishly entertaining.

97/100

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August: Osage County (2013)

Not many people were acting very Sagely in this comedic drama. Yes, this film has an all-star cast, I was especially surprised to see Benedict Cumberbatch in this film. Unfortunately it seems like all these big stars all started trying to outdo each other and it ends up feeling messy and annoying. The ending of the film is absolutely brutal and makes me miss a Coen Brothers ending. There are a few stellar scenes mainly from Chris Cooper and also when the housekeeper wields a deadly shovel.

58/100

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Homefront (2013)

This was filmed close to my home, which made it exciting to watch. I always love a good Jason Statham movie. The rest of the cast is also great with Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and James Franco. Once you get past all the fun familiar faces, you realize this is just another Jason Statham movie. The movie was too serious, it could have used some levity. I also have to cringe when I see a film is written by Sylvester Stallone. I mean, he’s no Shakespeare. Still, it has some good action and passes the time.

67/100

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Independence Day (1996)

Don’t set off any fireworks yet. I used to adore this movie but now after many years and watching it again it has lost its unique alien glow. I still absolutely love Bill Pullman as the POTUS and Will Smith as the wise cracking Air Force Pilot. What I didn’t miss was the snarky and annoying Jeff Goldblum. He seriously almost ruined the entire movie for me. Otherwise, with Goldblum out of the picture, this is a fun Sci/Fi action film with some good laughs and some excellent CGI for its time.

78/100

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Goon (2011)

Hey…you…guys! No, this isn’t the sequel to Goonies but it is a pretty funny hockey movie. Sean William Scott goes from the Bouncer with a heart of gold, to a Goon (or professional Hockey Fighter) with a heart of gold. Live Schreiber also plays as a goon for another team and he is awesome. S.W.S. is pretty funny and you’ll have a lot of laughs. The movie in its entirety isn’t the best thing you’ll ever see, but it will keep you entertained. Also, just to warn you the violence and language is pretty high, so just be advised.

78/100

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Out of the Furnace (2013)

Out of the furnace and into obscurity. I believe not many people will remember this movie existed in the next ten years. Sure, there were some solid performances from Bale and Dafoe. Woody Harrelson really stole the show in this as the villain. He did an incredible job. Other than the few bright spots of acting, this film was a bore. It’s another one of those “coal mining/steel” town movies where people get into drugs and go to jail. Their girls run off with another man, kind of pictures. I’d skip it.

61/100

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The Book Thief (2013)

I’m going to have to steal the book that this movie was based on from my wife. The Book Thief is an excellent war-time drama, that skips all the bloody scenes and missing limbs and focuses on families. I loved that we got a glimpse of Germany not through the eyes of soldiers or the Jewish people, but through the eyes of a young girl living amongst the Nazis. There are many touching and beautiful scenes and the ending is spectacular. Sophie Nelisse is one of my new favorite child actors, great job!

98/100

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