The Ides of March
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Is Ryan Gosling becoming anyone else’s favorite actor? The star of three critically acclaimed films this year (Drive; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and The Ides of March), Gosling brings a quiet intensity to every role he plays. In this film, Gosling plays Stephen Meyers, the deputy campaign manager for presidential hopeful Mike Morris (George Clooney). The movie takes you behind the scenes of the primaries, with plenty of intrigue and string pulling to go around. Its release during the current primary season is no accident.
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This movie can be summed up as an adult version of “Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots.” Real Steel tells of a future in which human boxers have been replaced with robot boxers. While this could have been an awesome lead for a story of a robot that breaks free from its programming and starts a war against humanity, the robots just beat each other up the entire movie. Hugh Jackman is the protagonist as a robot owner trying to make it big in the boxing world. While not quite “Rocky with Robots,” as some reviews have stated, this is a well-made film with a bonafide action star.
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American Beauty is, on the surface, a very basic movie. It follows a suburban family consisting of a slightly depressed father, a materialistic wife with monogamy issues, and a daughter looking to explore her sexual side. However, this film is so much more than that. It is about seeing beauty in the world and being happy with the knowledge that you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Oscar-winner for “Best Picture” and “Best Director” in 2000, American Beauty is extraordinarily written — a classic of American cinema.
[BOLD]Paranormal Activity 3[BOLD]
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Possibly the strangest film choice to follow up the first three movies this week, Paranormal Activity 3 is the prequel to the original box-office hit. Set 18 years prior to the first movie, this one also revolves around a husband and wife whose children befriend an invisible entity living in their home. Terrifying, right? The movie is shot in the same homemade footage style as the previous two and, while it may seem like it has been overdone, there’s not much out there that can give genuine, realistic scares like this franchise. Fun Fact: Made on a budget of just $5 million, the flick has grossed over $200 million worldwide.