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Movie Review: Southpaw

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 07/24/2015 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Oona Laurence, Skylan Brooks, Naomie Harris

Rated R for language throughout, and some violence, 123 minutes, Drama/Action

Compare to: Million Dollar Baby (2004), Warrior (2011)

The underdog story for the ages! You’ve never seen a movie like this, folks! A man loses it all only to come back swinging against his villainous rival!

Okay, so yes, you’ve seen this formula a thousand times. From similar boxing settings all the way to Disney movies in the 90s and much, much earlier- but that doesn’t make Southpaw feel tired as much as it drains you emotionally to give you what you already know is coming. Continue reading

Movie Review: Nightcrawler

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 10/31/2014 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton

Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language, Running time 117 minutes, Drama/Thriller/Crime

Compare to: The Lookout (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007)

It’s great to see actors in their roles that couldn’t get any better for them. While that might be a bad thing, seeing as how people view their best as a stopping point, it shouldn’t be viewed as a bad thing in and of itself. Rosamund Pike’s performance in Gone Girl, Michael Keaton in Birdman, and now Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

The creepiness is set up well from the very beginning as Gyllenhaal’s weight loss is clear and he really does look like a different person. Or should I say a skeleton with skin barely covering himself? Continue reading

Movie Review: End of Watch

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 09/22/2012 by Taylor Holt

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Cody Horn

Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use , Running time 109 minutes, Action/Drama

Compare to: Street Kings (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009)

It’s tough for me to watch a movie about cops going out there on the mean streets to protect and serve. Your opinion on a movie like this may strongly depend on your perspective of the police force. Heroes or gangs with government authority? The movie hardly paints an even side but the biggest issue with the film is figuring out what it’s message is.

Keep reading and find out exactly what I mean. Continue reading