The Shadow

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Lighthearted, inconsequential, and just plain fun, this movie made maximum use of Alec Baldwin during the leading man phase of his career.

Released: 1994

Running time: 108 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG13

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Hitchcock

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Despite a great performance by Helen Mirren, this portrait of tension in Alfred Hitchcock’s marriage during the production of Psycho fails to hold together at the center.

Flight

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Flight partially wastes an electric performance by Denzel Washington on a story that plays mostly by the numbers.

Released: 2012

Running time: 138 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

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Zero Dark Thirty

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Even though the story has been told many times, Zero Dark Thirty still has top-flight performances and production values. It’s comparative redundancy does not take away from its artistic merits.

Released: 2012

Running time: 157 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

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Argo

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I jokingly suggested that Ben Affleck could have a fine career as the John Ford of the Boston-based crime story. Apparently, he didn’t agree. I won’t argue, so long as films like Argo are the end result.

Released: 2012

Running time: 120 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

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A Good Day to Die Hard

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A good day to quit while they were ahead was the day they wrapped production on Live Free or Die Hard. This is one too many times drinking from a very dry well.

Released: 2013

Running time: 98 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R

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Lincoln

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Beyond Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance, the brilliance of this film is how it uses one single event to portray the essential realities of Lincoln the man and the politician.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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At 24 or 48 fps, The Hobbit is still an entertaining film that is not unworthy of the Lord of the Rings films, but not their equal, either.

Thor

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Kenneth Branagh’s foray into comic books is visually exciting and well-paced, but seems to exist only to serve the larger Avengers franchise.

The Avengers

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Joss Whedon keeps all the Marvel balls in the air as he delivers a satisfying blockbuster as he respects our desire to be entertained on a summer’s afternoon.

Skyfall

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Daniel Craig third foray as James Bond was well worth the wait, as the franchise comes full circle to its roots.

Released: 2012

Running time: 143 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG13

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Taken 2

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The epitome of the unnecessary sequel, this retread tries to trick us into seeing the same movie again.

Released: 2012

Running time: 92 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG13

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