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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

I set my clock for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” today and the result was alarming. They are not monkeying around this time.

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CinemaFunk: Wreck-It Ralph

CinemaFunk: Wreck-It Ralph

The video game industry has become a $25 billion dollar industry, but its inherent features share all but one element with cinema, how the spectator interacts with the medium. That does not matter in Wreck-It Ralph, because the fundamental struggle is one that the main protagonist shares with the majority of humans: depression from exclusion […]

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CinemaFunk: Here Comes the Boom

CinemaFunk: Here Comes the Boom

Boxing is as American as apple pie, and so are budget cuts in public schools. Here Comes the Boom portrays a lethargic teacher’s literal fight for the sake of keeping an essential music department at his high school. With a surprisingly humorous, feel-good, rock ‘em sock ‘em twist on the underdog boxing movie, we follow […]

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CinemaFunk: Looper

CinemaFunk: Looper

If you had a choice to murder an infamous dictator long before they became the villainous person that he or she became, would you do it? Looper does not just consider this question, it wades in it. With sympathetic character motivations in a strictly composed science fiction action-thriller, we have one of the most inventive […]

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CinemaFunk: The Words

CinemaFunk: The Words

The world is much smaller than we think, which makes plagiarism a constant threat to authors who produce original and dishonest work. The Words explores one writer’s struggle to make it as a writer, only to find that another’s words and experiences are more compelling. In front of a crowd of adoring fans, Clayton Hammond […]

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CinemaFunk: Robot and Frank

CinemaFunk: Robot and Frank

Developed countries accepted and faltered with mechanization during the first half of the 20th century, and the same is happening with digitization. As technology begins to both assist and complicate our lives, the lines of morality become blurred. Robot and Frank confronts these issues of technology with compassion and humor, and places it in a […]

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CinemaFunk: Celeste and Jesse Forever

CinemaFunk: Celeste and Jesse Forever

The question of whether men and women can truly be just friends is a deep one, and has been portrayed in cinema increasingly over the years. Celeste and Jesse Forever continues the cinematic pontifications of such a concept and does so with candor and charm in this 2012 indiewood film. Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse […]

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CinemaFunk: ParaNorman

CinemaFunk: ParaNorman

Talented computer wizards have been pumping out fantastic animated films using the latest computer-aided technologies for almost two decades now, but it is certainly a pleasure to see stop-motion, the age-old animated medium, still have relevance in the 21st century. ParaNorman is a technical achievement in stop-motion animation worthy of accolades, even if the story […]

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CinemaFunk: The Bourne Legacy

CinemaFunk: The Bourne Legacy

Billed as a new chapter in the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy takes audiences further down the rabbit hole that Jason Bourne had opened in The Bourne Ultimatum. While missing the wit and relentless action of the previous films, this incarnation is a more cerebral effort that continues the slight, but biting comment on corruption […]

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CinemaFunk: Ruby Sparks

CinemaFunk: Ruby Sparks

Although still revered for his great American novel nearly ten years prior, Calvin (Paul Dano) has been struggling with new material, especially after his previous girlfriend left him. After a few  sessions with therapist Dr. Rosenthal (Elliot Gould), Calvin gains the confidence to start writing about a girl, Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), who has been […]

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