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04/06/2014 - 7:49pm
Steve Rogers, A.K.A Captain America (Chris Evans), is still trying to come to terms with being a man 70 years out of his time.  He thought throwing himself into his work with S.H.I.E.L.D. would give him a feeling of belonging and purpose but that has so far eluded him.  During one mission to free some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents held hostage by pirates on a mobile satellite launching ship, Natasha Romanoff, A.K.A. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), violates Rogers’ orders and is found in a control room, downloading information onto a flash drive.
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03/30/2014 - 10:56pm
Noah (Russell Crowe) and his family barely survive in a harsh, barren wilderness.  His wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly) raises their three boys Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman)and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll) as Noah goes out to search for food.  Life in this wilderness is dangerous because of the descendants of Cain, the murderous son of Adam and Eve.  One of his kin, Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone) murdered Noah’s father many years ago.
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03/23/2014 - 6:06pm
Coming off the success of their reuniting, Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppets wonder what their next move should be.  They are approached by international tour manager Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who suggests the whole gang goes on a world tour to strike while the iron is hot.  Kermit is reluctant but Dominic convinces the rest of the crew and Kermit goes along and it’s announced their first stop is in Berlin, Germany.
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03/16/2014 - 3:24am
Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) lives in a small town in New York State.  He and his father ran the local garage and participated in dirt track racing.  Tobey was pretty good as was Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper) who lived in the same town.  Dino went on to drive professionally on the Indy Car circuit, becoming very successful.  Tobey stayed in his small town and worked at his dad’s garage.  Tobey’s father has recently passed away and money is very tight.  The bank is about to call in the loan on the garage.
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03/10/2014 - 1:50am
While the two films I saw were very different, they shared a few things.  First, they both were made possible by computer generated images.  Second, they dealt with events from history.  And finally, the two films both had strong relationships that faced trying circumstances.  Only one film featured an army full of chiseled abs while the other had the world’s smartest dog that talks.  Neither is based in much reality but one certainly works better than the other.
 
300:  Rise of an Empire
 
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03/02/2014 - 9:31pm
The life of Jesus of Nazareth (Diogo Morgado), his teachings, his disciples Peter (Darwin Shaw), John (Sebastian Knapp), Thomas (Matthew Gravelle), the traitor Judas (Joe Wredden) and the rest of his closest followers are chronicled from the gathering of his flock to the Sermon on the Mount, clashes with the Pharisees to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into Heaven.
 
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02/23/2014 - 7:56pm
As a child, Milo (Kit Harington) witnessed the butchering of his parents and his entire Celtic village at the hands of a Roman general named Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) and his troops led by Strigana (Paz Vega).  Pretending to be dead, Milo was dumped in a pile of bodies.  He waited for the Romans to leave before wandering the countryside as five year old orphan.  Sleeping under a tree, Milo is discovered by a merchant’s caravan and is sold into slavery.
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02/16/2014 - 5:04pm
It is 2028 and all around the world, the law enforcement robots of Omnicorp, run by Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), are maintaining order in several countries, except the United States where the publicly popular Dreyfus Act, initiated by Senator Dreyfus (Zach Grenier), prohibits their use.  Sellars and his management team brainstorm on a way to make the American public more receptive to robot police.  Their plan is to put a man inside the machine.
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02/09/2014 - 6:12pm
This week, I saw two films.  Neither of them is an important, challenging drama with earth shattering things to say; however, both provide lots of entertainment in their own ways.
 
The Lego Movie
 
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02/03/2014 - 12:39am
Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) are two damaged souls who, together, make one whole person.  They are con artists running a fairly successful racket promising desperate people who can’t get money through the bank loans that cost $5000 in upfront fees.  No loans are ever given and the pair is happy working together, raking in money and living a comfortable life.