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Black Barney   August 16, 2016   2826  
Fun, cute and touching remake of the original Disney classic that freaked me out when I was a kid. I took my 5-year old girl to this one and she liked it just fine, but her grandparents seemed to like it the most. There's a bunch of pretty slow drama scenes (especially around Robert Redford) that leans this more to adults than to kids, but it's still good for both. Some pretty high profile actors and actresses are in this which surprised me, but helps keep the movie interesting and grounded. I think the movie...
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Black Barney   August 05, 2016   3359  
Very interesting documentary on the advent of the internet (not simply the worldwide web, which I keep mistaking as the internet). Often the quality of documentaries are very much determined by the personality of the director/producer. In this case, with Werner Herzog, we're very fortunate to have an extremely likeable person at the helm. You never see him but once in a while you get glimpses of his personality that lapse into the interviews and I find really bolsters this movie. The first few times he spoke, i was wondering what that creepy guy from Jack Reacher was doing...
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Black Barney   August 03, 2016   2955  
Super cute little Kiwi comedy. Not-so-little Ricky Baker is placed into a foster home at the frontier of New Zealand civilization (before you enter the Bush). Adventures follow as he and his "uncle" Hec (played by an unrecognizable Sam Neill) try to deal as much with each other as with the Kiwi wilderness. Takes a while to warm up but both main leads are fantastic as are the various antagonists that they meet or that chase them throughout the film. You'll surprise yourself when you are laughing out loud at a wild boar being killed,...
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Black Barney   July 29, 2016   3129  
Very good film on growing up gay in small rural maritime town. I especially liked the nuance of having the mother who leaves the family at a young age, and the fallout that can cause. Great leading performance and some strong supporting ones as well. Loved his best friend, Gemma, played by Sofia Banzhaf, who of course the father assumes is his girlfriend. That relationship was a real highlight. I'm not sure if giving the hamster the voice of Isabella Rossellini was an attempt to go full-blown Cronenberg or what but the comedic breaks were...
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Black Barney   June 20, 2016   4415  
Lots of fun, but impossible to match the perfection of Finding Nemo. I really enjoyed it and had some great laughs (seals yelling OFF!OFF!OFF! to get others off their rock had me rolling). Took my 5-yr old girl, Emily, to see it and she found it scary. i assumed she meant the squid-in-a-box but turns out she thought the idea of Dory losing her family was just way too scary. She's right, that's no picnic for a kid. I took her to this cuz I figured Jungle Book was too scary, but apparently I misjudged...
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Black Barney   June 14, 2016   3728  
Well, this is going to be tough sell to this crowd. Let me first state that I don't like Jane Austen novels or movies AT ALL. They don't do it for me and I find them quite forced. I saw the trailer for this one and was still not convinced but the cast seemed to strong, i just had to go. It's hilarious and a bunch of quick fun. It's a slow build to the laughter, however. You know how Tarantino takes his time to build up the suspense until you can no longer bear it?...
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Black Barney   June 02, 2016   3874  
Amazing. So much fun. Sort of a mix of The Commitments with Once (same director so no wonder) but still totally unique. Very quick synopsis since no one here ever knows these movies i see: 14 yr-old Conor is growing up in 80's Dublin. Having a tough time at home and at school, he luckily gets lost in the eyes of one Raphina. Giving him new purpose in winning her heart, he decides to be a rock star and quickly forms a band. That's all you need to know. I don't...
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Black Barney   April 19, 2016   2758  
This movie has a lot of heart. Technically a 2015 film, but didn't get a North American release until 2016. It's one of those difficult yet uplifting movies about what happens when a good friend gets diagnosed with terminal cancer and you decide to spend a few days with them. How does that go? Do you go and live the good life, making the most out of every moment? Or are you actually going to face what's to come and help your friend deal with decisions that no one should ever have to make. Or are those days made...
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Black Barney   April 13, 2016   4244  
In classic Linklater form, you're left a few times in the movie wondering what the hell this is all about? It all came together for me and hit me like a freight train in the very last closing shot of the movie, weirdly enough. Linklater has a real gift at bringing you back to places, revisiting your youth and making you remember quite clearly memories of times past. Boyhood did this brilliantly (and let's not talk about how impossible it must be this to follow up after that movie), but this one also pulls that...
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Black Barney   April 06, 2016   4124  
In a state of war, decisions are often extremely easy (and they have to be), but in relative peace time, complicated doesn't even begin to describe it. This is a pretty tense film. My heart is still racing a bit and the movie ended over an hour ago. This is a very good movie around the rules of engagement using drone strikes. It also happens to be Alan Rickman's final performance, and it's a good one. The first half of the movie is excellent, stressful and smart. I think it gets...
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