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MOVIE REVIEW: "Contagion" (2011)

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Contagion, if you don’t know, is a virus film. Not a virus like the posts on Facebook with the crazy demanding headlines and the semi-alluring thumbnails that none of my “friends” seem able to resist clicking on. It is an old school procedural that tracks a worldwide pandemic from patient zero all the way through to the (temporary) reprieve of a cure, and the loss of millions of lives in the interim.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Attack The Block

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The plot is the simplest and most dependable in the industry. Our little group of heroes are surrounded by the enemy with no easy way to escape, so they hunker down and figure a way out. Only this time our heroes are a group of adolescent hoodlums, the enemy are feral aliens with sharp glowing fang-y teeth, and they are trapped in their tenement building in the British equivalent of a ghetto.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "District 9"

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You need to understand that I am a reformed major movie nerd. I read a ton of online stuff and start building my opinion early on upcoming and anticipated big releases. This leads me to often set different expectations for movies than is generally appreciated.

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R1's Thoughts On The 2011 Academy Award Nominees

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Let’s be clear up front, I haven’t seen all of the nominated pictures for the top awards, but I don’t think that should preclude me from sharing my thoughts. So the following will be a list of the Best Picture nominees with a brief summary of my thoughts on each, followed by an overall impression of each of the remaining premiere categories. I will also pick which one I think should win, not which one I think will win – those are two completely different things.

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