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Big Eyes Movie (2014)
Director: Tim Burton
Cast : Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter

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Synopsis; A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: Call me crazy, Tim Burton’s newest dramedy “Big Eyes” starring five- time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz is a witty, satirical, and thoroughly enjoyable romp at the movies. This is Burton’s best since “Big Fish.”

Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: From screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, “Big Eyes” offers big laughs, harmless fun, and a simple take on a most outrageous story. The film tells the story of Margaret Keane, a painter whose husband took credit for all her works in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. The script is well-paced, though sluggish in spots, and it offers just the right amount of drama and comedy to entertain the audience. There are some opportunities where both the writers and Burton could have offered more development of characters, and the time. If you can get past the tom-foolery of the events that transpired, than you should be able to stick with the elements just fine.

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Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: Freshly colored with an array of set pieces, this is one of Burton’s most aesthetically pleasing films of his career. Danny Elfman’s score is the signature touch that we await in all of Burton’s works. It’s subtle yet apparent in nearly all the right ways. Same goes for the stunning costume work by Colleen Atwood, a strong contender for another Academy Award nomination.

Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: Amy Adams is richly immersed in one of her finest and daring turns yet. Her performance is much more internalized than what we’ve come to expect with outlandish roles like “Junebug” and “Enchanted” under her belt. She fixates on the fragility of Margaret and the vulnerability of living in someone else’s shadow.

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Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: Christoph Waltz is infectious nearly throughout, with funny tics and beats that add to the film’s nuance. From the surface, it looks as though Waltz may be doing his same shtick but he offers much more than that as the narrative moves on. Similar to his underrated work in “Carnage,” Waltz plays the sleazy, underhanded Walter Keane to pure and menacing results. I’d argue even better than his work in “Django Unchained.”

Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: Co-stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, and Terence Stamp are virtually unused except for a few story beats, which is unfortunate given their considerable talents.

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Watch Big Eyes Full Movie: “Big Eyes” is a great family film for the holidays. Crafted in an interesting and bizarre story, which offers a vivid and visually compelling film in parts. It’s one of the surprise successes of 2014.

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American Sniper Movie (2014)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast : Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Salah Salea

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Synopsis; Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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Watch American Sniper Full Movie: Demonstrating competent war scenes, along with an astounding and near unrecognizable performance from two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood’s new film “American Sniper” falters on storytelling and thematic developments. Continuously going back to the sacrifice that our military men and women make, which is perfectly fine, but beating the audience over the head with the sacrifice they make is something we’ve seen before.

Watch American Sniper Full Movie: The tagline of the poster reads: “the most lethal sniper in American history.” You’d expect to see a lot more sniping that led this man to becoming a “legend,” which is what everyone calls him. The inner turmoil for a soldier is understood, but what more does Eastwood and scribe James Dean Hall have to say? Evidently, not much. If you’re looking for a tribute to a soldier, than the film suffices. If you’re looking for a good movie, then this oddly constructed, and often times uninteresting piece will leave you wanting more.

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Watch American Sniper Full Movie: Eastwood has taken on war films before with “Flags of our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” One of those is gorgeously constructed and moving. Eastwood is obviously pro-soldiers, as we should all be however, the film often rings false as Chris Kyle goes from cowboy, to enlistment, to watching the twin towers fall, and wanting nothing more than to continue to serve. Surely that can be the case in real life with the real Kyle, and this is no disrespect to his sacrifice and memory, but hardly anything that is presented on-screen feels authentic.

Watch American Sniper Full Movie: Bradley Cooper has proved his worth for the past two years with work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” As Chris Kyle, this could be the best work Cooper has done yet. Unrecognizable and emulating the works of a Heath Ledger and/or Jeremy Renner, Cooper creates Kyle from the legs up, giving him beats that elevate the material. One scene in particular will rid any doubts that anyone has ever had as him as an actor. He’s a marvelous wonder to behold.

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Watch American Sniper Full Movie: Sienna Miller is vastly wasted in a character that will go down as one of the worst of the year. The supportive wife equivalent of Jar Jar Binks, an overwhelming feeling of annoyance is present every time Miller shares the screen.

Watch American Sniper Full Movie: Tom Stern’s camera has finally been given a flash lens as we’re finally able to decipher what’s going on. A dust storm is expertly shot that helps create palpable tension. The best scene of the film.

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Watch American Sniper Full Movie: This is one of the Eastwood’s strongest attempts at recapturing his magic from “Million Dollar Baby” but he comes nowhere within its vicinity on quality. I’m unapologetically a person that didn’t find “Invictus” a catastrophe and that remains one of his better efforts as of late. “American Sniper” will have its fans but Bradley Cooper is the only take away from the picture. That’s a marvel to watch. Everything else, not so much.

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Selma

Selma Movie (2014)
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast : David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

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Synopsis; The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

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Watch Selma Full Movie: Passionate, informative, and tenderly told, Ava DuVernay’s vision of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for voters’ rights is fully realized in her newest film “Selma.” Written by Paul Webb, the film is ambitious, moving, and features a performance fit for the history books from David Oyelowo. It’s one of the single best things you can see in 2014.

Watch Selma Full Movie: In a time where the state of our country is in disarray over race and politics, “Selma” hits our doorsteps at the right time for both sides of the coin to indulge and see how far we’ve come, or how little we actually have. “Selma” shows the good and the bad, the perfect and imperfect characteristics of one of the most important figures in the fight for civil rights. There’s respect, which goes without question, but there’s an emotional and raw honesty that DuVernay and Webb choose to tell us about the man who was Dr. King. She doesn’t paint the rosey picture you’d come to expect from standard biopics these days. She lays it out, leaving us to decide for ourselves if something outside of what he contributed to our country is great enough to look passed. DuVernay offers in many ways, the single best direction of the year.

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Watch Selma Full Movie: Invigorating from beginning to end, David Oyelowo owns every frame of the picture. You don’t see performances like this too often especially of a real-life figure like MLK. I go back to works like Denzel Washington (“Malcolm X”), Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi”), and George C. Scott (“Patton”) to find a more jaw-dropping or complex acting performance. Something like this only seems to come around once a decade. This may be our decade’s. It’s more than just the embodiment, it’s the decisions in the silence that makes Oyelowo so amazing. You will remember this performance forever.

Watch Selma Full Movie: The entire cast does an admirable to amazing job in their respective roles. Carmen Ejogo is simply electrifying as Coretta Scott King. An impeccable example of wearing the emotions and feelings at the brim without letting go. Just sensational top to bottom.

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Watch Selma Full Movie: Despite some hiccups in the accent department, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth are serviced well as Lyndon B. Johnson and George Wallace. Both have their opportunities to stand out in their respective scenes but ultimately stand as reminders that we are eagerly waiting to get back to Dr. King.

Watch Selma Full Movie: DuVernay’s triumph comes from the extras and smaller name cast she utilizes as sprinkles in every instance that they appear. Stan Houston as the treacherous Sheriff Clark is superbly focused and embodies the mindset of every unfortunate person of hate during the time. Henry G. Sanders and Keith Stanfield in many ways become the heart and soul of the film without no more than just a few moments of screen time. Oprah Winfrey and Lorraine Toussaint also execute their roles proficiently.

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Watch Selma Full Movie: The slick and vivacious manner in which “Selma” is assembled is thanks to the genius people behind the camera. Cinematographer Bradford Young is just too great at what he does at this point in his career. With another stunning framing form in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” he rises in the ranks to join Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the most exciting DP’s. Spencer Averick’s editing keeps “Selma” on pace, and engaging 100% of the time. Jason Moran’s score is palpable and justified in every sense of its usage.

Watch Selma Full Movie: “Selma” is just a joy to behold, a magnificent example of passionate filmmaking that lacked sorely in 2014. It propels DuVernay among the ranks of the best filmmakers working today. Naturally brought to tears, it’s a gut-wrenching and honest look into our history. Fulfilling, promised, and profound. One of the year’s best films.

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The Interview

The Interview Movie (2014)
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Cast : James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park

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Synopsis; In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

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Watch The Interview Full Movie: As December 25th finally arrived with the international community stirred anew, The Interview, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, sparked my curiosity charmingly. But as they say: there is no such thing as bad PR, and that (along with the explosions) is what I believe attracted audiences to see this film more than anything. Before any animosities against my particular opinion, understand these following points of analysis:

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Watch The Interview Full Movie: When I watched the first thirty minutes of the film, I really didn’t feel too excited as James Franco’s main character, Dave Skylark, was conveniently hooked up to interview the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. On the contrary, my reaction was a subtle *so what?* I felt it was too convenient and unrealistic. I understand some viewers like that about these types of movies; they’re simple, and it has an excuse as a silly comedy. At the same time, however, it just isn’t tasteful. I may have laughed a few times at the Katy Perry in the tank scene or the overweight child in front of the fake grocery store part, but other than that, I didn’t find it that entertaining. “Haters gonna hate” or “They hate us because they ain’t us/anus?” I feel as though the humor was thought up by a first grader, not to mention the endless cusses, innuendos, and perverted sentiments. Like I stated before: tasteless in my opinion.

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Watch The Interview Full Movie: If I could point out the most interesting section of this film — if we are going by a simple beginning, middle, and end structure — it would indeed have to be the second act, the middle. The scenes displaying Kim Jong Un and his emotional side actually struck a thought in my mind of the real scenario in NK at the moment. It displayed a piece of humanity, something the audience can relate to. Unfortunately, the ludicrous antics appeared once more, and I lost the sense of depth with the character. The final act felt rushed, as if the writers were just adding and not subtracting ideas to fill up the 120 pages for the script. Even in a comedy, I don’t fully comprehend why this film was so over-the-top or why it appeared so jumpy. Again, I cannot emphasize it enough; there is no empathetic connection.

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Watch The Interview Full Movie: There is so much I can scrutinize about this film, but to display a less cynical side of this review, I would like to commend the props, special effects, and editors for the visual appeasement. Ultimately, no, I would not add this to my movie collection. With that in mind, this is the conclusion of my skepticism. Hope you agreed and enjoyed the review. Thanks guys!

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The Gambler Movie (2014)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Cast : Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman

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Synopsis; Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

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Watch The Gambler Full Movie: Greetings again from the darkness. “I’m all in!” That’s a gambling phrase of which even the most risk-averse amongst us recognizes. When Blackjack addict Jim Bennett (played by Mark Wahlberg) goes all in, which he does every time, it’s more proof that he is “the kind of guy that likes to lose” … a description offered by one of the mobsters and loan sharks who lend him money.

Watch The Gambler Full Movie: Director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011) and screenwriter William Monahan (The Departed) deliver a remake of the very cool 1974 film of the same title starring James Caan and written by James Toback. Wahlberg is spot on as the self-destructive gambler who, rather than live for the thrill of winning, seems intent on pushing the envelope of misery and turmoil. His character manages to go seriously in debt to the Koreans who run the underground gambling establishments, as well as ruthless gangster Michael Kenneth Williams (“Boardwalk Empire”), and a philosophical mobster (a bald John Goodman) doing his best Jabba the Hut impersonation. These are three guys most of us would avoid at all costs.

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Watch The Gambler Full Movie: Unfortunately, it’s a bit more challenging to accept Wahlberg as the rebellious writing prodigy with a privileged background, who articulates in a motor-mouthed rapid-fire onslaught of derisive observations meant to prove how he so despises mediocrity. It’s obvious Wahlberg is “all in” for this role, but it’s difficult not to compare to the more nuanced performance of Caan forty years ago.

Watch The Gambler Full Movie: Brie Larson (so great in Short Term 12) plays the bright student in Wahlberg’s class, but her role is so limited we are left to only imagine the heights of her talent. Anthony Kelley plays Lamar, a college basketball player ripe for Wahlberg’s world, and Andre Braugher has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene as the college dean. Richard Schiff offers up some comic relief as a pawn broker making Wahlberg’s misery just a tad worse. The great George Kennedy plays Wahlberg’s dying grandfather in the film’s opening scene, and he is the first to provide warning on the mess his grandson has created.

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Watch The Gambler Full Movie: Jessica Lange does a wonderful job as Wahlberg’s estranged mother who is filled with both scorn and sadness at the state of her son, and offers up one last bag of cash in an attempt to allow him to begin anew. The support work is strong across the board, but it’s Goodman who stands out, both with dialogue and a physical presence that deserves some type of award for personal courage and lack of inhibition. His monologue on “F.U. money” is worth the price of admission, though you may request a refund after seeing him shirtless in the sauna.

Watch The Gambler Full Movie: There is a distinctive style to the film, though at times it comes across as a Scorcese wannabe. From a soundtrack perspective, the diversity of music ranges from classical to folk to big band, with some of the lyrics acting as commentary on the story. The film is pretty entertaining as you watch, but leaves an emptiness once it’s over. With so much that works, it’s a shame it all disappears so quickly … just like money on a Blackjack table.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods Movie (2014)
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast : Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp

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Synopsis; Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: Slick, lavish, and imaginatively vibrant, Rob Marshall’s newest musical adaptation “Into the Woods” hits most of the notes as a thoroughly entertaining experience of the holiday season. Assembling one the year’s finest casts, Marshall brings his ability to bring each actor to their utmost potential, while keeping composer Stephen Sondheim’s brilliance intact. In the end however, the real problem with “Woods” is that its narrative structure is slashed like a hairstylist that took too much off the top, or in this case the second act. The first hour of James Lapine’s adaptation is so wholesomely fulfilling. When the story takes a sudden, yet awkward shift into “serious” and more adult territory, this Disney produced spectacle struggles to find its footing. Perhaps, a director’s cut, 30 minutes longer, and more clearly obvious themes would have felt more satisfying. This doesn’t take away from the marvelous performances that are abound. Those will surely keep you engaged enough to make it through.

Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: It’s imperative to begin with Chris Pine. A movie star that hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to stretch his acting legs beyond “Star Trek” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” When you look at the definition of having fun in a role, Pine’s face will be planted firmly next to the words. A career best performance with the show’s best musical number, “Agony.” Try to look at him the same way after this. A true standout, and scene stealer. Go figure by the way, the man has a very impressive set of pipes.

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Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: The Queen of the Academy, three-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is the best she’s been since “The Devil Wears Prada.” Seeing Streep operate in these later years, especially stage adaptations like “Doubt,” “Mamma Mia!,” and last year’s “August: Osage County,” have not brought out the greatness that Streep is capable of achieving. Granted, anything that is “lower-tier Meryl” is probably better than most, but I’ve ached to see her hit another home run. This is it. Streep’s work as the Witch is profoundly moving and beautifully orchestrated. “Stay with Me” and especially “Last Midnight” will reaffirm her place in our cinematic lives. One of the best performances of the year.

Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: The gorgeous and vivacious Emily Blunt is everything you’ve come to expect from her at this point in her career. She’s an amazing performer, beautiful singer, and knows how to elevate material, even when it clearly begins to bog her down. There’s nothing wrong with the way that Blunt interprets the Baker’s Wife. She’s desperate, eager, and extremely hyperactive to get what she wants. In the latter part of the script, a controversial choice could have ignited talk and tears however, because there’s clearly chops throughout the narrative, the Baker’s Wife’s role ultimately feels non-fulfilling for the audience. That doesn’t take away from Blunt’s talents. She’s simply terrific.

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Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: In what clearly is designed to be the heart and soul of “Into the Woods,” James Corden’s work as the Baker will propel him into a household name (especially with his upcoming takeover for Craig Ferguson). He’s funny, tender, and just a joy to watch. He’s a throwback to John C. Reilly’s Oscar-nominated work in “Chicago.” Affecting, expressive, and memorable. In a story full of characters you grew up loving, making terrible life choices, you find yourself rooting for someone to come on the other side alive, intact, and sustained. For many, Corden will be that character. He’s the real deal. I can’t wait to see him in more challenging and daring roles in the future.

Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: “Up in the Air” gave us Anna Kendrick, well at least to the high- brow film community. One Academy Award nomination later, she has mostly succeeded in her own vehicles like “Pitch Perfect” and the upcoming “The Last 5 Years,” at least based on early word. Playing Cinderella is a daunting task. Anyone who has it will have to compete with mental images from the animated classic, and any other live action interpretation you’ve seen throughout your life. Kendrick has the physical prowess and charisma to do all Cinderella’s assets justice however, there’s something that ultimately feels off. While her co- star Pine disappears into the role of the Prince with no semblance of his former character interpretations, Kendrick just doesn’t disguise herself enough to warrant a 100% golden star, or in this case a shoe. For her number “On the Steps of the Palace,” she nearly hits her stride. Just not exactly what we hoped for.

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Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: The rest of the cast has their individual moments. Johnny Depp’s interpretation of the Wolf was fun, but anyone who had a problem with his vocal range in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” will have their lickings once again. I’m glad that I’ve learned who Billy Magnussen is now as a result of his work as Rapunzel’s Prince. He’s delightful. Mackenzie Mauzy’s Rapunzel is an unrealized staple of the musical that could have been far more richer and satisfying than what was ultimately displayed. Mauzy’s turn is essential.

Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: Christine Baranski’s work as the wicked Stepmother kicks off the film on the most enormous high. A delectable presence sprinkled throughout. Same for the brilliant Tracey Ullman who just needs to be in more movies these days. The young performers, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack and Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood are equal parts impressive and annoying. The step-sisters, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard are finely tuned with their wicked counterpart throughout.

Watch Into the Woods Full Movie: “Into the Woods” is an energetic, rapturous romp at the movies. Lovely displayed with stunning production work and costume design, which are both singular standouts of the film year. Managed, genuine, and appreciated, “Into the Woods” is a must-watch for the season. An alluring, though flawed work, that stands as an excuse and reason to keep the movie musical alive. If anything, above all else, you take that with you to the bank.

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Unbroken

Unbroken Movie (2014)
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast : Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson

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Synopsis; The life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific.

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Watch Unbroken Full Movie: There are so many things to admire when looking upon Angelina Jolie’s English language directorial debut. “Unbroken” checks most of the boxes of a great film. Inspiring, moving, and emotionally resonate, Jolie’s epic lands on the back end of the film year and becomes an instant contender. Pulling out the big guns with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a Sound team that includes five-time Oscar nominee Frank A. Montaño (“Gladiator”), Emmy-nominee Jon Taylor (“Apollo 11″), Production Sound Mixer David Lee, BAFTA winner Becky Sullivan (“The Fugitive”), and MPSE Winner Andrew DeCristofaro (“To the Arctic 3D”), both technical aspects of the film are among the very best seen, and heard in 2014. “Unbroken” is an uplifting, daunting experience, telling the story of a man who fought against impossible odds to survive. A worldly film that speaks to so much happening today.

Watch Unbroken Full Movie: The screenplay, which went through three drafts by William Nicholson, Richard LaGravenese, and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, is the film’s biggest hiccup. The first half of the film is entrenched, marvelous even, focusing on the survival and story of Louis Zamperini. The Olympic story, as you’d expect, is secondary to our tale. Playing in flashbacks from Zamperini on a flight mission, then to his early days as a child, rambunctious and being inspired by his older brother to join the track team. Jolie focuses on the world around Zamperini in those early scenes. Introducing an Italian-immigrant mother, praying for her son’s safety and guidance, along with a disciplinarian father. You have moments in those early scenes that call back to “Forrest Gump,” (still unsure if that’s a compliment or not) but the visual aesthetics are well positioned by DP Roger Deakins. Gorgeous to look at 100% of the time.

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Watch Unbroken Full Movie: The performances are fully developed. Jack O’Connell, as Louis Zamperini, provides another example of a killer breakout year with other performances in “Starred Up” and “’71.” His dedication to the role is undeniable, losing weight, and managing to elevate some of the more stagnant scenes. He’s an exciting actor to watch. Domhnall Gleeson’s turn as Phil, Louis’ “boat-companion,” is truly remarkable. I do wish we got a split story of Louis and Phil’s journey. There’s a beautiful dynamic that the two have, and that could have been explored. I think it’s just a missed opportunity.

Watch Unbroken Full Movie: The second half of the film is dominated by the aura and presence of Miyavi (or if you prefer Takamasa Ishiara) as the diabolical Mutsushiro Watanabe, commanding officer of the concentration camp where Louis is imprisoned. Just one year after Michael Fassbender scored an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave,” a role that is similar in structure and similar by aura, Miyavi creates a multi- layered man, with so many things going on inside, aching for an explanation for the audience. Not everything will be answered, but he feels the most satisfying of every character on screen. A Supporting Actor contender has emerged in Miyavi. A breakout performance.

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Watch Unbroken Full Movie: Angelina Jolie has a firm hand on what is happening on-screen. Rumors have made their rounds that there is a director’s cut, likely about 30 minutes longer. I have to imagine that if true, that is the version that feels more complete. The last quarter is problematic, rushed even, and I imagine that’s where many of the cuts were made. Jolie’s abilities as a filmmaker are way above par for a person on their second feature film. If we look at many director’s second outings, I don’t think you’d find to many as polished or confident as Jolie is behind the camera. She doesn’t shy away from the brutality of the story. “Unbroken” is the most fitting title of any story delivered this year. Encompassing everything that this film is about.

Watch Unbroken Full Movie: Oscar race questions? Thought you’d never ask. Easy pick for a Best Picture nomination with all the crafts its likely to eat up including Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and a beautiful score by Alexandre Desplat. In a thin Adapted Screenplay race, the four-man writing team should find wiggle room, and in a just world, Miyavi should join the Supporting Actor contenders and score his first Academy Award nomination. Angelina Jolie will gain lots of respect for what she has constructed. If anything, this begins the narrative and excitement for her next feature “By the Sea” with hubby Brad Pitt.

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Watch Unbroken Full Movie: “Unbroken” is a fascinating deconstruction of a man beaten to his core. An enlightening story, featuring star-making performances, and an abundance of masterclass filmmaking techniques. The Oscar race continues.

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