Monday, February 2, 2015

Melissa's Reviews

 
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Five wealthy men share a high-end loft in order to hide extra-marital romantic escapades. Only a murder happens and now their secret love nest is at risk. The blame game begins with each man as the possible killer. I give The Loft a C. 


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The movie features many flashbacks and surprises that keep you wondering what exactly is going on. It plays like a warning message against men who cheat on their wives. Each of the five friends’ lives falls apart when they use the loft. 


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The movie feels like it was written/directed by a woman who had a husband who cheated. The men come off as arrogant and depraved. Each friend has their own secret and when the secrets all come out—bam! Cheaters never win is the main message. The wives are also one-dimensional, bitter, and vindictive. But they come out ahead at the end.


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Filled with sexy actors and nudity, this movie isn’t for the faint of heart. But those that love a good mystery, will enjoy the many twist and turns as we learn exactly what happened in The Loft.


 
 
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Many recent movies highlight real-life and larger than life heroes but none more so than American Sniper. I give the movie an A. Based on Chris Kyle’s life, his four tours in Iraq and his issues with PTSD, the movie has polarized the country and been nominated for an Oscar. 

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At times, gritty and disturbing, Bradley Cooper shows the conflict brought on by deciding who lives and dies during a time of war. Like many war movies, the hero must suffer the loss of his closest comrades but ultimately “gets” the bad guy. 

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In American Sniper, Bradley BECOMES Chris Kyle, swearing, drinking, and dedicated patriot. He’s got a way with words and wins the heart of his wife with his killer smile and charm. A man larger than life, who only set out to protect Americans. There’s so many F-bombs, you could make a drinking game out of it.


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Clint Eastwood directed this movie, which still packs movie houses and brought a round of applause when it completed. Clint even wrote one of the songs for the movie, as he did for Gran Torino. He’s turning into quite a director. His choice for the ending gives the feeling of a memorial and like Unbroken, features real images of Chris and the commemorations of his life.


Based off Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper gives a patriotic glimpse into the world of the Iraqi war and the Navy Seals who fought as well as the problems of PTSD and coming home.