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Green Room

Four 20-somethings in a punk rock band from the East Coast are on a tour that is not turning out so well; the last gig got botched and netted them about 6.00 each. Mohawk-guy tells them there is another gig just outside of Portland Oregon that will pay 350.00. They play, get paid, and go back to retrieve a cell phone and witness the murder of a girl. They and the girl’s best friend find themselves trapped in the green room. Think “Cabin in the Woods” or “Evil Dead” where the bad guys are not evil spirits or slashers but …

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Everybody Wants Some

This is the latest Richard Linklater film. The time of life is 1980, and Jake has scored a baseball scholarship and is heading to his freshman year in college. The film takes place over the 3 days between the time he checks into the baseball house and the first day of classes. Linklater has an interesting formula that he makes work so well: Capture an era exactly, meticulous in every detail – the music, dress, expressions, and in this case, the bongs; create dialog that resonates with those of us who came of age during that era; and overlay an …

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The Jungle Book

  (IMAX, 3D) – remake of the original Jungle Book movie. I don’t really remember the first one at all, so I cannot make any comparisons. However, I will say that I really enjoyed the film. It is beautiful to watch – the computer animation is spectacular, and all of the creatures of the forest appear so lifelike, and Mowgli (the man-cub) fits amazingly among them. The actors who do the voices are well chosen – Scarlett Johanssen as Kaa the snake, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Bill Murray as Ballu the bear (who is very funny), for example. …

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Hello, My Name is Doris

Hello, My Name is Doris – Sally Fields plays Doris, a middle-aged woman who has spent most of her adult life living at home caring for her mother. The company in which she works hires a new art director, John, who is easily half Doris’ age. He is very friendly, and Doris develops a crush on him. The movie is about Doris and how her life changes because of her new obsession. While I don’ t think the script is all that great – it leaves so many holes and questions – the movie is really worth seeing for Sally …

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