‘Manuscripts Don’t Burn’ review – But authors do.

There is a moment of suspended animation in Manuscripts Don’t Burn where a character nonchalantly places a laundry clip over the nose of another, watching the latter suffocate to death slowly from having both his mouth and nose sealed. It is a chilling moment, and one that strikes the viewer exactly where the director intends the film to strike. Mohammed Rasoulof’s 2014 film is a fictional retelling of the infamous Chain Murders of Iran, a series of murders and disappearances of Iranian intellectuals who had been critical of the then government. Starting with the lead character – the man commissioned by the government to carry out the extortion – the film makes choice after interesting choice in its narration of the hunt for a banned manuscript. Taking its time with each moment and lingering on the seemingly mundane bits of daily life, the silence of the film and its observers is deafening.
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The Skeleton Twins – A moving story of two broken siblings painted with revealing performances

Wow, television stars are really breaking out onto the big screen scene this year. And with Jenny Slate already having delivered an honest performance in Obvious Child, here we have two other Saturday Night Live cast members amazing the audience with the extent of their talent. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig prove themselves to be promising actors capable of many subtleties in stark contrast to their animated SNL characters in this touching dark comedy. The bond between siblings is always something special, and intriguing at the same time. The Skeleton Twins plays this bond to a very strong mental connection through the depravity of both the brother and sister, Milo and Maggie who depend on each other more than they can imagine.
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The Interview – Hilarious moments and James Franco aside, it descends into an utter mess.

“They hate us ‘cuz they ain’t us” might just be James Franco and Seth Rogen’s motto for life.
There has been an immense amount of controversy and discussion about The Interview over the past few weeks, surrounding the allegedly outrageous events portrayed. While I did not find much along the lines of sacrilege or humiliation of the North-Korean leader, outrageous it definitely was with regard to the utter disaster it made out of a potentially interesting plot. At a certain point in the movie, a CIA agent exclaims ‘He’s got a bullet-proof vest on! I don’t know how he got it, but he’s got it on!’ That’s mostly the feeling you get while watching most of The Interview. I say most because upto a certain point, I really did have high hopes for the movie, and it was actually quite funny. Starting out with the promise to be a fun entertainer, the movie simply descends into madness and becomes a complete mess.
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The Nightmare Before Christmas – You are now inside the mind of Tim Burton.

Oh sweet, delicious and irresistible animation! Since this is Christmas time, I have decided to join in the holiday spirit and bring out some reviews right from under the mistletoe. And what better one to re-watch and talk about than Tim Burton’s spooky and sweet The Nightmare before Christmas? Despite what the title suggests, this tale that looks exactly as the inside of Burton’s mind would was directed by Henry Selick. This is not to say that Burton is just along for the ride, for this dual-holiday flick was his brainchild, one that he had been nursing ever since he started out of school. Completely filling out the extent of stop-motion, the tale of Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King creates a dreamland you can find yourself getting lost in. Deceivably a children’s movie, it does not escape enjoyment from the young and the old, a great musical that stands the test of time.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – An improved Jurassic Park for this decade

When they announced they would be doing prequels to the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes, I yawned at yet another potential waste of millions of dollars, as I’m sure all others did. Even after the first one turned out surprisingly fine, I was not expecting this. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an excellent movie with an enormous title, which I am willing to overlook for the sheer story-telling and striking visuals of this epic. It’s been a long time since we had a really good trilogy, and we might just be on our way to the next one come 2016, when the third movie in this trilogy releases, leading upto Frankin Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes. I think it is more than safe to declare that this is the Jurassic Park for the present decade, an epic blockbuster coupling sci-fi generated creatures with an adventure tale of huge magnitude.
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Suicide Squad – Possible plot, Amanda Waller and meaning for Captain Boomerang

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It has not been a month since the cast for DC’s much anticipated Suicide Squad was announced, the final in that list being Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, the government executive in charge of putting the Squad together. The casting decision was received with great cheer, with Will Smith (Deadshot), Tom Hardy (Rick Flag), Jared Leto (Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) set to be the most powerful cast for any comic-book movie yet.
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