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We Bought a Zoo

Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, Scarlett Johansson, Desi Lydic
30 December
We Bought a Zoo

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It happened around the time of Vanilla Sky. Cameron Crowe was riding high, having earned an Oscar for his Almost Famous screenplay and accolades for his slice of life cinema. Then came the Cruise vehicle, and the less than favorable reviews for his exasperating Elizabethtown. Now, the newly divorced writer/director is tackling the family oriented effort about a harried husband who uproots his clan to run the title enterprise. As with anything he’s involved in, Crowe guarantees a smart and savvy script. The subject matter, on the other hand, could be a harder sell for his geek elite fanbase.


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In the Land of Blood and Honey

Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Goran Kostić, Zana Marjanović, Rade Šerbedžija
30 December
In the Land of Blood and Honey

Apparently, all you need to make a movie is a good idea, a pretty face, and a baffling amount of international box office. While some seminal artists as Terry Gilliam and David Lynch struggle to get financing for their brilliant back catalog of ideas, Angelina Jolie steps up, flashes her tabloid tempting smile, and gets to sit behind the lens. Granted, her choice of subject matter is noble, but for someone whose onscreen presence is little more than splash over substance, the gritty realism required by this movie argues for Jolie sense of self, and possible proficiency in the director’s chair.


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War Horse

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston
30 December
War Horse

How did we get so lucky to get two, count ‘em two, Steven Spielberg movies in one year, let alone one month. Of course, the two titles couldn’t be more different, with this being the most awards-oriented of the pair. It might also be the easier sell, since it’s based on a celebrated play seen round the world. In the hands of a master like Mr. Blockbuster, this tale of a special animal and its travails through history should be a slam dunk. Of course, depending on the competition, this otherwise earnest effort could get lost in all the pre-Oscar hype. With Spielberg in charge, we’re guessing that won’t happen.

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.

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