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Movie Review: In a World… (2013)

A comedy that combines an exploration of an entertainment niche, multiple Childrens’ Hospital castmembers, a Geena Davis cameo, and a female writer/director is just sitting there, waiting for me to love it. And I will tell you right now that I really loved In a World…! Lake Bell’s tale focuses on a struggling voice-over actress, Carol (Bell), who fights to overturn the industry’s male-dominated conventions. She must compete against her father (Fred Melamed), a voice-over legend, and rising star Gustav (Ken Marino), both of whom believe there is no room for women in the very serious business of narrating epic movie trailers.

Movie Review: The To Do List (2013)

The To Do List caught my fancy not only for its excellent cast, but for its status as a teen sex comedy written and directed by a female filmmaker, Maggie Carey. I’m very pro this trend of films that take well-worn genres like buddy cop movies and teen sex comedies and inject them with women in place of familiar male leads. I’m also very pro supporting women-made films in theaters, if I can! SO that takes us to The To Do List, which stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy, a no-nonsense valedictorian who decides to spend the summer before college learning about sex so she’ll be prepared for the supposed bone-fest that is university living.

Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

So I find myself constantly waffling in my resolve to stop caring about X-Men movies. It. Is So. Hard. So here I am, reeled back in by the promise of badass Japanese ladies and a script that won’t make me want to bash someone’s head in, watching the sequel to the horrific X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Which turns out to be a sequel to the also horrific X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Yet somehow, even with all the bad taste left in my mouth from its predecessors, I found myself basically enjoying The Wolverine.

Movie Review: Red 2 (2013)

Following the previous investigation of old-guy former CIA operatives, Red 2 sees the adventures continuing for Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), and his best friend Marvin (John Malkovich). The three find themselves at the center of a conspiracy involving a decades-old nuclear device hidden somewhere in Moscow.

Movie Review: Pacific Rim (2013)

I’m basically on board with whatever Guillermo del Toro does- not only is the man a talented and versatile filmmaker, but he’s also ADORABLE. Though its premise had a lot of people mocking it before it was released, I’ve been psyched for Pacific Rim since I heard about it because by now I have confidence in del Toro’s ability to deliver a fun, visually stunning, and not completely stupid sci-fi action movie. Which is just what he did here.