Dark Places

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Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were massacred by her fifteen-year-old brother, or at least that is what she thinks happened. Her testimony sent her brother to jail and her small farming community believed it was part of some satanic ritual. Now, Libby is in her early thirties and is contacted by a group of people that have followed her family’s story for the past 24 years and believe her brother is innocent. Libby starts to doubt her own story and decides to look into what happened on that day to see if her memories are accurate. Each chapter jumps between the present with Libby finally looking at boxes of things from her family that she has refused to look at for years and talking to people she has not wanted to talk to in years and the past from the point of views of Libby’s mother, Patty Day, and her brother, Ben Day.

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St. Vincent

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The trailer for St. Vincent pretty much tells you the entire story, yet you still want to see it because of Bill Murray. You know that parts of it will be sappy, but still, it has Bill Murray, so could it really be that sappy? It could be, but you don’t care because once again, Bill Murray.

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May 2015 Thriller Movies

Good Kill

Good Kill

Release Date: May 15, 2015

Cast: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, Jake Abel

Director: Andrew Niccol

A drone pilot has issues with how the war is being fought when it feels more like playing a video game than fighting.

My Take: Interesting take on the current war being fought with drones where pilots can go home at night after killing overseas but still feel the effects as if they are in a war zone. Continue reading May 2015 Thriller Movies

From the Archive:
Bring It On

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst plays head cheerleader in high school when she finds out that her former leader stole cheers that gave them five state championships.

I recently rewatched this movie during Thanksgiving break. I usually have no interest in watching a movie about cheerleading, but I think I watched it the first time because I heard it was surprisingly a good movie. When I watched it the first time, I remembered liking it and thought I’d see if I still did.

It stars Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku who are likeable. The storyline is pretty fluffy, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It knows it is goofy. Eliza’s character helps that along. Kirsten’s character is way serious about her cheerleading, but Eliza only does it because the high school she just moved to doesn’t have a gymnastics team. She is the cynical person of all cheerleaders for the movie and is won over by the goofiness of it.

It also has the awesome “spirit fingers”. Everyone should see it just to know what that means and use it from time to time when making any comment about choreographed dancing.

Rating: B+

May 2015 Romantic Comedy Movies

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5 Flights Up

Release Date: May 8, 2015

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Preston, Claire van der Boom, Korey Jackson, Michael Cristofer, Diane Ciesla, Josh Pais, Maddie Corman

Director: Richard Loncraine

An older couple decide to put their Brooklyn apartment on the market to move into a smaller place, but then wonder why they are doing it.

My Take: It seems like the entire plot is in the trailer, but it might still be nice to watch Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton acting opposite each other.

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May 2015 Indie Movies

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Welcome to Me

Release Date: May 1, 2015

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini

Director: Shira Piven

A woman with borderline personality disorder wins the lottery and decides to buy herself a talk show.

My Take: I think only Kristen Wiig can make this watchable. I want to see the awkwardness of it all.

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May 2015 Horror Movies

Maggie

Maggie

Release Date: May 8, 2015

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

Director: Henry Hobson

Arnold’s daughter, played by Abigail Breslin,  has become infected with a zombie virus.  It takes weeks before she becomes cannibalistic so he stays with her throughout it all.

My Take: It’s a horror played like a serious drama where someone is dying from a disease that happens to be zombie-like.

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