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Beyond Fest '16: The Bad Batch

honestly, ive never seen any atom egoyan's films. before chloe, i had never heard of his award-winning films, exotica or the sweet hereafter which got numerous nominations at cannes. chloe is his most commercial film thus far. and although, i havent seen his films before, it is evident that chloe was concocted and manipulated by none other than a foreign director.

chloe is a 2009 erotic thriller starring the beautiful julianne moore, liam neeson, and amanda seyfried. catherine (moore) suspects her husband (neeson) is cheating on her. to discover the truth, she hires an escort (seyfried) to investigate and eventually pursue her husband. through unforeseen events, chloe puts the family in great danger.

it is no surprise that they had erin crassida wilson (secretary, fur) write the screenplay based on the 2004 french film, nathalie. when describing chloe, erotic is just scratching the surface. the film was surprisingly and refreshingly raw. although initially its chloe's story, it soon swivels the outcome as catherines. and even though you have never seen seyfried in a role like this before, it is moore who commands the screen every time. like catherine, the audience is taken on a journey that shockingly takes drastic turns and falls. its a brain teaser trying to figure out whats the truth and who to believe. it is not any easier deciphering catherine's true intentions without pointing fingers to her estrogen induced emotions.

you have never seen moore and seyfried hotter together. they share a particular intimate scene and not to be a perv, but i was grinning with glee by the unrelenting presentation of real intimacy and affection. this is a real gem. but chloe's lack of emotional layers arnt peeled or revealed as much as we would like for it to be. nonetheless, the film is completely spellbinding and well, erotic. just that word makes you want to uncover the truth and watch the film without feeling like a perv. B-
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ive been so busy with school, filming, and work that i havent been watching films. and i mean like i havent seen a film, in a week. and in that one week of not watch any films, about a thousand came out. so this is my must watch list!

1. CHLOE!
2. how to train your dragon
3. greenberg
4. the runaways
5. diary of wimpy kid
6. A PROPHET!!!

must must must!!!
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spike jonze's highly anticipated short, im here, is finally released on imheremovie.com. this 30- minute robot love story was premiere at the 2010 sundance film fest and then thereafter at the berlinale.

filmofilia.com says, I’m Here is a love story about two robots living in contemporary Los Angeles. The sad-eyed robot librarian Sheldon (Andrew Garfield) leads a lonely and methodical life, until he one day meets Francesca, a creative and free-spirited female robot (played by Sienna Guillory). Robot romance develops and the story is just as beautiful as it is unpredictable.

oh and dont worry, if you get to the site which is set up as a theater and expect to wait for the next screening for multiple hours at a time. considering that it is globally released, im sure fans from all over the world have already filled up the seats as soon as possible. but patience my friends because jonze's new film sounds like a masterpiece worth waiting for... :D
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my favorite thespian and one of my beloved auteur is calling it quit. yes it is kate winslet and sam mendes. i dont think kate winslet needs an introduction. as an actress, she evokes such pure and powerful emotions that speak a thousand words even with one glance. and thats what makes a great actress. i would rank her along the lines of meryl streep, hands down. her performances in the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, little children, the reader, and revolutionary road have wholly solidified her as the most prominent and adaptable actress.

as for her husband, his reputation stands just as strong against hers. sam mendes has directed some of the greatest films out to date. he made his first film debut with american beauty back in 1999 which won best picture and best director. after several films, he brought another tour-de-force film which is one of my all time favorites, revolutionary road.

and to hear that one of hollywood's most respected couple splitting up is completely heartbreaking. but as with life, there are ups and downs, twists and turns. and no matter how hard you try to navigate your own life, its sometimes slips out of your hands, no matter how hard you try to savor it. and like i always say, true romances never have happy endings.

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ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at the Pixar short that will play in front of Toy Story theaters on June 18. The short, titled "Day & Knight," was directed by Teddy Newton and is described as follows:

When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities--and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world--the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.

it looks adorable! and considering its pixar, im sure we wont be let down!
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firstshowing interviewed my new fav korean director, bong joon-ho. his latest film, mother finally arrived in america so be sure to watch it, its quite exhilarating and will keep you on the edge of your seats till the veeeeeery end. cant wait to see it again!

i got something crazy up my sleeve! giggle giggle!

I first saw Mother in Cannes last year, so I've got to say I'm a huge fan. I love this film and I love The Host as well. I want to start with where the idea for Mother came from and how you developed it?

Translator: I'm going to explain in two parts. The first [reason] is because of the actress - Kim Hye-ja - she was where I got the inspiration from and she was the starting point for the story. She's a very iconic mother as a national people's mother in Korea, but I wanted to flip that around, that image of her, and show this kind of mad, crazy side.

And the second part is I wanted to explore the relationship between a mother and her son. So out of the four parental relationships, father and son, father and daughter, mother and son, mother and daughter, I felt that the mother and son relationship is the most powerful. It's instinctual in an animalistic way. Especially, you carry the son in the womb for a long time and the fact that they're of a different sex, when the baby comes out, there's kind of a weird tension between a mother and a son and especially in Korea, that relationship between the way a mother takes care of a son…

So there is that one male and female relationship between the mom and son and especially in Korean culture when the son gets married. So his wife and the mom, they have kind of a strange love triangle, a weird tension between the mom and the son and the son's wife. [About] 70 to 80% of the Korean dramas that you see on Korean television, those are kind of based on that tension, that drama that happens between those three people.

I'd love to touch on a couple of things you said. First, how did you even find Kim Hye-ja and get her to star in the film? Did you convince her to come back, or did she feel this was her time to return to cinema, or how did that work?

Translator: She's been acting for 40 years, but mostly it's been in television and she's only done actually two features. But his previous film, Memories of Murder, she was a fan of that film, so she really liked that. In terms of approaching her, when he did, she said, 'Oh, you're the director of Memories of Murder.' So she was very open to the idea of being– In 2004, he first pitched the idea of the story and since then, they've developed it more. But the fact that the mother [spoiler removed]. The whole end part has remained since then and she really liked that idea of a mother turning into that kind of character. She wanted to try something where it's a little different from the past roles that she's done where she played more of like a warm, kind mother.

Bong Joon-ho: If she refused that story, I would've had to give up on the project because…

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2 Days in New York (2012) B+
3 Women (1977) A
5 Broken Cameras (2011) A
10 Years (2011) A nostalgic good of a time with the most insane indie cast that'll make you either anticipate or loathe your 10 year reunion.  B+
21 and Over (2013) C+
50/50. A-
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days. A
2 Days in Paris. A
13 Assassins. A
21 Jump Street. A-
30 Minutes or Less. C-
127 Hours. A+
An American Crime (2007) C+
A-Team. B
A Nightmare on Elms Street. C
A Warrior's Way. C
Actresses (2009) B+
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) A
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) A
Akira. A
Albert Nobbs (2011) B+
Alice in Wonderland. C+
All About Eve. A
An American Werewolf in London (1981) B+
Amour (2012) A
Anatomy of Hell (2004) C+
Anna Karenina (2012) B
Animal House. C
Animal Kingdom. A
Another Year. A
Argo (2012) B+
Arthur Christmas. A
Attack the Gas Station. A
Attenberg (2010) A
AVATAR!!!! A-
Away We Go. A
Babies. C
Bachelorette (2012) C+
Back to the Future. A
Back to the Future Pt. II. A-
Back to the Future. Pt. III. B+
Bad Teacher. C
Badlands (1973) B+
Band of Outsiders. (1964) B+
Barking Dogs Never Bite. B+
Barry Lyndon. A
Battle: LA. C
Beasts of Southern Wild. (2012) A-
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe. A
Bedevilled (2010) B-
Before Sunrise. A
Beginners. B+
Being Elmo. B+
Bell De Jour. B
Bernie (2011) A
Best Worst Movie. A
A Better Tomorrow. C+
Better Luck Tomorrow. A
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) B+
The Big Combo (1955) A
A Bittersweet Life. A
Biutiful. A
Black Swan. A-
Blue (1993) A
Blue Valentine. A
Boogie Nights (1999) A
Brave. (2012) B+
Breaking Upwards (2009) B-
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) B+
Broken Embraces. A
Bronson. A
Bruno. A-
Bullitt (1968) B+
Bully. A
Burlesque. B+
Bus 174. A
Capturing the Friedmans. A
Carnage B+
Catfish. A
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) B+
Celeste and Jesse Forever. (2012) B+
Charade. B+
Chloe. B-
Chronicle.(2012) A
Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C-
City Island. B-
Cj7. A
Clash of the Titans. B-
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) A
Clerks. A
Cloud Atlas (2012) B+
Cobu. D+
Compliance (2012) B+
Contagion. A-
Cop Out. C-
Cosmopolis (2012) A quintessential David Cronenberg film like Crash, is as absurd, outlandish, and surreal. But nevertheless, captivating and in your face as ever. B+
Country Strong. C+
Crazy Heart. B+
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) B
Crumb. A
The Curse of the Golden Flower (2006): One of the most beautiful stories I've ever seen on screen provided by the visionary Yimou Zhang about a dysfunctional royal family filled with betrayal, death, incest, and more. B-
Cyrus. B+
Date Night. B-
Dancer in the Dark. A
A Dangerous Method. A
A Dark Truth (2013) C+
Daybreakers. C+
Days of Heaven. A
Dear John. B-
Dear John. B-
Death at a Funeral. B-
Death Becomes Her. B
Detour (1945) A
Diva. C
Django Unchained (2012) B
Dogtooth. A+
Dracula (1931) B+
The Dreamers (2003) B-
Dredd (2012) B-

Drive. D
Drop Dead Gorgeous. B+
Duck Season. A-
Duck Soup (1933) B+
Due Date. C+
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. (1982) A
Easy A. B
Eat, Pray, Love. C+
Edge of Darkness. B-
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988) B-
End of Watch. (2012) B-
Enter the Dragon (1973) A
Enter the Void. B+
Evil Dead (2013) Nothing compares to the original but their incorporation of cleansing an addict only to be possessed by a demon is a cleaver twist to the original story. All while effective, it is more laughable than the original. B+
The Evil Dead (1981): A classic horror film that plays on the cabin in the woods storyline to tell a incredibly suspenseful yet goofy horror story about demon possession. B+ 
Exit through the Gift Shop. A
The Expendables. (2010) D
The Expendables 2 (2012) B+
Face/Off (1997) A
The Facts of Life (1960) B+
Fallen Angels. B+
Far From Heaven. B
Fast Five. B+
A Fish Called Wanda. B
Fitzcarraldo (1982) A
Five Year Engagement. B-
Flight (2012) A-
Frankenweenie (2012) A-
Friends with Kids. B+
Food Inc. A
Foxy Brown (1974) B+
From Paris With Love. C
Funny Games (1997) A
Gangster Squad (2013) B-
Get Him to The Greek. B+
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) C+
Girl 27. B+
The Girl from the South (2012) C+ 
God Grew Tired of Us. A
God Bless America (2011) A film that could've only been made pre-shooting rampages of 2012. This ultra dark comedy about gun violence is hilarious and pushes the limits. B+
Going the Distance. B-
Gomorrah (2008) A
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) B+
Good Hair. B
Gone Baby Gone. A-
Gone with the Wind (1939) A
Grandma's Boy (2006) B+
Greenberg. C+
Grey Gardens. A
Happythankyoumoreplease. C+
Hangover. Part II: C
Hanna. B+
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. A+
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. II: B+
Haywire. B+
Head On (1998) A-
Heart Burn (1986) One of the best films I've seen Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson directed by Mike Nichols. B-
Hello Ghost. B+
Herb & Dorothy. A
Hide & Seek. B-
Hitchcock (2012) B+
Holy Motors (2012) A
Hotel Translyvania (2012) B-
Hoop Dreams. A
How to Steal a Million (1966) B-
How to Survive a Plague (2012) A
How to Train a Dragon. A-
Hugo 3D. B
Hunger. A
I Am Love. C
I Am Number Four. D
I Love You, Phillip Morris. B-
I'm a Cyborg, But That's Ok. B+
I'm Still Here. A-
The Imposter (2012) A
In Another Country (2012) B+
In Time. C+
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978) A
Inception A
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) B+
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) A
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) A
Indie Game (2012) A
Inside Job. A
Internal Affairs. B
Into the Abyss. A
Invictus. B
Iron Man. B
Iron Monkey. A-
The Isle (2000) A
I Saw the Devil. (Korean) A
It's Kind of a Funny Story. B+
I've Loved You So Long. A-
Its Complicated. B
Jack Reacher (2012) C+
Jackass 3D. B
Jackie Brown. (1997) B-
Jane Eyre. B-
Jaws (1975) A
Jesus Camp. A
Jiro Sushi of Dreams. (2011) A
Jiseul (2013): Shown at Sundance '13. South Korean story about a group of people who hid in a cave in Jeju Island while soldier were killing everyone off the land. Shot in black and white, it is potently suffocating and harrowing representation of the desperation that arises during war times. A-
Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work . A
Juliet and the Spirits. A-
Just for Kicks (2005) A
Just Go With It. C
Just Wright. B
Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D. (2012) A-
Kickass!!!! A-
Killer's Kiss (1955) B-
Killing Them Softly (2012) B+
Kings of Pastry. B+
La Femme Nikita. A
La Haine. A
Last Night. (2010) B+
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) A
Lawless. (2012) B-
Legend of the Drunken Master. B
Legend of the Fist. A
Les Miserables (2012) C
Let Me In. B-
Life is But a Dream (2013) B+
Life of Pi (2012) B+
Lincoln (2012) B+
Little Shop of Horrors. B+
Lion King. A+
Lockout. B-
Looper (2012) A-
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) A
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) B+
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) A
Love and Other Drugs. C+
Man On Wire. A
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) C+
Man with a Movie Camera (1929) A
Magic Mike. (2012) B+
Margaret Cho: Revolution. A
Martha Marcy May Marlene. A
Mary and Max. A-
The Master (2012) A
Maxed Out. A
Melancholia. A
Men in Black II. (2002) C+
Men in Black III. (2012) A-
Mildred Pierce (2011). A
Miss Conspirator (2012) D
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. B+
Mister Lonely. B+
Moonrise Kingdom. (2012). B+
Monsters. B-
Moneyball. A-
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fox. A
My Kid Could Paint That. B
My Week with Marilyn. B-
Nameless Gangster (2012). B-
Nine. B+
Ninja Assassin. B
Ninja Kids. D
No (2012) B+
Oasis (2002) A
Oceans. A-
Operation Condor. (1991) B+
Outrage (2010) B-
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) C+
Paranorman. (2012) A
Paris, Texas (1984) A
Paper Heart. B+
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) A
Paul. B
Pieta (2012) A
Pitch Perfect (2012) C+
Planet B-Boy. A
Planet of the Apes (1968) B+
Please Give. B
Pretty in Pink. (1986) A
Premium Rush. (2012) C+
Primer (2004) A
Post Tenebras Lux (2012) B+
Potiche. B-
A Prophet. A-
Prometheus. (2012) A-
Poetry. (2011) A
Quartet (2012) B+
Queen of Versailles (2012) A
RED. B
Rabbit Hole. B
Reality (2012) A
The Red Shoes. A
Remember Me. D
Repo Man. D
Resident Evil. B+
Resident Evil: Afterlife. C-
Rio. B
Rise of the Planet of Apes. A-
Robin Hood. C
Rock of Ages (2012) B+
Rubber (2010) B+
Ruby Sparks. (2012) C+
The Runaways (2010) B-
Sabrina. B
Safe. (2012) C+
Safe House. (2012) B+
SALO! A
Samaritan Girl (2004) B+
Sanctum 3D. C
Savages. (2012) C-
Save the Green Planet. B-
Secret Sunshine. A
A Separation. A
A Serious Man B
Scandal (1950) B+
Seven Psychopaths (2012) B-
Shanghai Calling. D
Shame (2011) A-
She's Out of My League. C
Sherlock Holmes. B+
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. B+
Sherlock Jr. (1924) B+
Shiri. A
Shop Girl. C
Shutter Island B+
Side Effects (2013)A brilliant film that starts off as a social commentary on depression to a twisted crime thriller that will make your head spin(in a good way) again and again. B+
Silenced. A
Silmido. A
Silver Lining Playbook (2012) A
Slackers. A
Sliding Doors (1998) C+
Skyfall (2012) A
Snow White and The Huntsmen (2012). B-
Somewhere. C+
Splice. A-
Spring Breakers (2013) B+
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring B-
Star Trek. A
Star Wars: A New Hope. B+
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. A
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) A
Stevie. A
Stoker (2013) B+
Stool Pigeon. A-
Submarine (2010) A
Sucker Punch. D
Supercop (1992) A
Swingers. A
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) A
Take Shelter. A
Taken 2 (2012) C+
Tangled. B
Tank Girl. B-
The Adventures of Tin Tin. A
The Amazing Spiderman. (2012) A-
The Artist. B+
The Back-Up Plan. C
The Bicycle Thieves. A
The Chaser. A
The Crazies. C
The Croods (2013) B-
The Dark Knight Rises. (2012) B+
The Debt. B-
The Descendants. A-
The Devil's Double. B+
The Dilemma. C+
The Doom Generation (1995) A-
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974) A
The Exorcist. A
The Fighter. A-
The Future. C+
The Gatekeepers (2012) A
The Ghost Writer. B-
The Ghost Writer. B-
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (U.S). A-
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. A!
The Girl Who Played with Fire. A
The Great Happiness Space. A
The Greatest Film Ever Sold. B
The Green Hornet. C-
The Grey. A
The Good, the Bad, the Weird B+
The Guard. B+
The Help. A
The Hobbit (2012) B+
The Housemaid. B+
The Hunger Games. A-
The Ides of March. B-
The Illusionist. (2010) A
The Informant. B
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) C+
The Intouchables. B+
The Impossible (2012) B+
The Invisible War (2012) A
The Karate Kid. B
The Kids Are Alright. A
The King's Speech. B+
The Last Stand (2013) C+
The Limits of Control. ___
The Loneliest Planet (2011) A
The Lorax. B+
The Losers. B-
The Machine Girl. B-
The Mechanic. C
The Muppets. A
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A-
The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) A
The Paperboy (2012)  Individual scenes are fueled with passion but put all together it becomes another southern sleepy melodrama about first love, secrets, and crime. B-
The Producers. (1968) B-
The Raid: Redemption. B+
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. B-
The Romantics. (2010) C
The Rules of Attraction. (2002) B+
The Skin I Live In. A-
The Social Network. A+
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. C+
The Stand Up Guys (2013) B-
The Thieves (2012) B+
The Town. A-
The Tiger and the Snow. B
The Triplets of Belleville. A
The Virgin Spring (1960) A
The White Ribbon. A
Thin. B+
The Thing (1982) A-
This is Spinal Tap (1984) B+
Thor A-
Three Colors: White (1994) A
Three Colors: Red (1994) B+
Thunder Soul. A-
Titanic 3D. B+
To Live and Ride in LA. B
To The Wonder (2013) B+
To Rome with Love. B-
Tokyo Godfathers. B-
Tomboy. A
Tommy Boy B+
Total Recall. (1990) A
Total Recall. (2012) C+
Tower Heist. C+
TOY STORY 3. A+
Training Day. A
Trance (2013)
Tron. B
Trouble with the Curve (2012) C+
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. C+
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. II (2012) B-
Underworld: Awakening. B+
Unstoppable. C+
Up in the Air. A
Valentine's Day. D
Waiting For Superman. A
Warm Bodies (2013) B+
We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) A
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) A-
What's New Pussycat (1965) B+
What's Up, Tiger Lily. B-
Winter's Bone. A
Wolfman. C+
Woman is the Future of Man (2004) B+
Wreak-it Ralph (2012) A
X-Men: First Class. A
Yes Men. A
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. D
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) A



Santa Sangre (1989) B+
Laurence Anyways (2012) B+
Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) A-
Hot Fuzz (2007) A
The World's End (2013) A
Shaun of the Dead (2004) B-
Suspiria (1977) B+
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) C+
Paradise Faith (2012) A
Elysium (2013) B-
Paradise: Love (2012) A-
Incendies (2010) A
Room 237 (2012) A-
2 Guns (2013) C+
Like Someone in Love (2012) A
Ashes of Time Redux (1994) C+
Eros (2004) B-
Blue Jasmine (2013) A
Prince Avalanche (2013) B+
As Tears Go By (1988) A
Maelstrom (2000) A
My Blueberry Nights (2007) C+
The Wolverine (2013) B-
Lilya 4-Ever (2002) A
The Grandmaster (2013) A-
Red 2 (2013) B-
Upstream Color (2013) A
Blackfish (2013)
The Life of Jesus (1997) A
Outside Satan (2011) A
Dirty Hands: The Art & Crimes of David Choe (2008) A
L'Avventura (1960) B+
Pacific Rim (2013) B+
Breaking the Waves (1996) A
The Idiots (1998) A
Take Out (2004) A
Prince of Broadway (2008) A
Byzantium (2013) C+
Starlet (2013) A-
Monsters University (2013) A
Paris is Burning (1990) A
Rust and Bone (2012) A
The Heat (2013) B-
World War Z (2013) B+
The Way, Way Back (2013) B+
Dormant Beauty (2013) C+
Lesson of the Evil (2013) B
The Act of Killing (2013) A
Venus Vs. (2013) A
The Conjuring (2013) A
Delivery (2013) B+
Only God Forgives (2013) B+
Man of Steel (2013) B-
Fruitvale Station (2013) B+
You're Next (2013) B+
The American Revolution: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013) A
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) B+
The Bling Ring (2013) B+
This is the End (2013) B+
Good Will Hunting (1997) A-
Chasing Ice (2012) A
Short Term 12 (2013) B+
Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (2000) A
His Girl Friday (1940) A
After Earth (2013) C+
The East (2013) B-
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013) A
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) A
Before Midnight (2013) A
Valley Girl (1983) B+
Peeples (2013) C+
The Great Gatsby (2013) B+
Iron Man 3 (2013) B-
Days of Being Wild (1990) B+
The Man on the Moon (1999) C+
Frances Ha (2013) A
Pain and Gain (2013) B+
Shotgun Stories (2007) B+
Mud (2013) A-
Oblivion (2013) B
Dream (2008) B+
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