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Far From Heaven

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I thought that this movie was not all that it was cracked up to be.  I thought that the story was good but not terribly original.  In a way it sort of reminded me of the movie Pleasantville, only I liked Pleasantville more.  I thought that this movie was just slow and nothing really happens.  The big climax scenes don't really catch you and the trials that this family goes through are not really felt.

Orphans

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I thought that this movie was pretty rediculous.  I mean it is a movie about a family that seems to be rediculously strange and is affected in many ways by the death of their parents.  The story sort of comes together at the end with the family sort of ironing out their problems.  The story was just not very interesting and the characters were not very memorable.  This movie wasn't really worth remebering much about and I probably won't remeber much about it in a short period of time.

The Big Chill

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I thought that this movie was okay but for the most part nothing is really happening.  I will admit that it probably has one of the best soundtracks to a movie ever but for the most part that is the real highlight.  If you take the music out of the movie you take away a lot of the movie.  This is just a real life sort of movie with not a lot of drama or comedy.  It is just real, the way that a weekend in the life of these people would be.

The Good Girl

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I thought that for the most part this movie was pretty bad.  If the movie would have been a little bit more about the department store it could have been a little bit better.  I just thought that it was sort of in between where it was trying to go with things.  The characters never really changed and when the movie was over it was sort of like all the events in the movie never actually happened.  You can never understand why Jennifer Aniston has the affair because the guy seems so strange that it is not even romantic.  Could have been better, couldn't have been much worst.

City by the Sea

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This movie was better than I expected it to be.  I went in to it thinking that it was going to be the same run through about a guy who gets accused of a crime that he did not do.  I was pleasantly suprised to see that this movie was much deeper than that.  It was actually about a man's struggle to be close to his family because of the terrible past that he has had to deal with.  Deniro plays a good role with a very realistic ending.

Boys Don't Cry

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I thought that this was a pretty good movie even as disturbing as the cross dressing was.  I think they could have gone a little more into Teena's past to let us know why she acted the way that she did.  I also think that the boys went so crazy at the end that it is almost hard to believe how much this bothered them.  I know that people may be against gays and lesbians but in this case I thought it was a little extreme.  Almost an unbelievable hate crime.  But still a pretty good movie.

Catch Me If You Can

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This is a bright and enjoyable holiday movie.  This is a movie about a teen who cons everyone he sees to the point that it is humorous.  The fact that the movie makes it humorous is why it is a success.  Dicaprio's character plays a boy with quick decision making skills and a load of creativity to fraud everyone around him.  Hanks plays a role like the one he played in The Green Mile where he is the compassionate one among a group of animals.  I thought the ending was very creative and not your usual catch with a lifetime sentence kind of ending like in Blow.  A boy who wants his family back together gets addicted to the chase of the feds with some creativity, a good idea.

Gangs of New York

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I thought that this was one of the top 5 movies of the year.  I think that it could even be as high as 3.  I think that Leonardo Dicaprio has really shed his little boy image in this film and distiguishes himself as the kind of actor who can be around for a long time.  I thought they could have made this movie so ordinary and instead they made it so much more.  For instance the end could have been just a revenge battle for what happened to his father but instead it shows the two as alike on different sides and more alike then the other people in the world at the time.  The end of the old school and in with the new.

8 Mile

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I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.  You can see a lot of things on the television about whether people think that Eminem will be able to do anything in Hollywood.  I don't really know if I can answer that question but I do know that he did a good job in this film.  The movie is easy to watch and doesn't really overdo anything at any point.  For a movie of it's kind it is almost perfect.  The only complaint that I have is I would have liked to have seen his transformation happen over a period of time that is longer than about a week.

Greenfingers

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This movie was not that great.  It is about a bunch of prison inmates who find themselves while they are gardening.  It is a family sort of movie that sort of makes you feel good.  I don't really know that there was that much thought put in to the movie.  The only somewhat unique thing about the movie is that the inmates do not win the award at the end of the movie, but they are still respected for the men that they have become.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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A movie that doesn't really conclude with anything except that the woman/man who is the star of the film is lost.  She was in love with rock music and a rock star who she helped make famous who stole her music.  It is hard to understand Hedwig and she is a very complex character.  I don't always know what is going on with her and her band members.  Sometimes she seems completely off the wall and sometimes very calm.  But the lost love is something that tears her apart.  The music is upbeat and very entertaining.

One Hour Photo

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I thought that this movie was a little slow for the first hour.  I thought that it sort of had a different demeanor than your normal crazy obsessive stalker movie.  The main difference is that that focal point of the movie was the stalker and not the person being stalked.  I thought that Robin Williams played an excellent role.  This movie is more about how bad a lonely life can be instead of a suspensefull thriller.  I really liked how the movie ended with the pictures.  It sort of tied in the point of the movie.

A Simple Plan

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I thought that this was a good movie.  I thought that the second half hour got a little slow but then it picked up a lot toward the end.  It sort of reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock type movie where things get worst and people have to deal with their decisions.  This movie shows how money and fear can turn you evil, in this case it corrupts three men.  A similar movie would be Very Bad Things, although this is a much better film.  The end of the movie shows how a man is willing to shoot his brother to hold up his story but then not willing to go to a different country to keep the money.