ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US (Morgan Spurlock, 2013)

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It would be an understatement to say that I went cwazy cwazy cwazy while watching this. I’m still on a bubblegum high.

Its lack of narrative made it less of a documentary and more of the cheapest front row ticket to their mostly sold-out concerts.

My fave part was when a neuroscientist explained why girls go gaga over them. It was the kind of twisted humor that I expected more of from director Morgan Spurlock.

Non-fans still wouldn’t be able to tell the boys apart after watching the movie. Highly recommended for Directioners only.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published September 9, 2013.)

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JOBS (Joshua Michael Stern, 2013)

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Provided a superficial look at the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, depicted here as a genius a-hole. It’s no The Social Network.

Ashton Kutcher did a decent mimicry of Jobs, although there were scenes where he looked like a young Tom Cruise doing the impersonation.

You know that this film was simply glossing over its subject when the highlights were actually on Steve Wozniak, played by the funny Josh Gad.

You’re better off reading the Jobs biography.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published September 8, 2013.)

UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

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Most disturbing way to learn more about women in society and that beauty is only skin deep.

Another slow-burning mood piece that will definitely polarize its audience. You’ll either find it boring and plotless or engaging and a big mindfuck. Guess which side I’m on.

Rating: ★★★★☆

(Originally published August 29, 2014.)

KICK-ASS 2 (Jeff Wadlow, 2013)

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It was superficially fun, very much like a teen fantasy. I’d watch Chloe Grace Moretz in anything.

Kick-Ass 2 was entertaining enough even if I was completely turned off by the extreme violence in a comic book movie populated with kids.

Chloe Grace Moretz looked gorgeous and her Mean Girls-ish storyline was the perfect way to prep for the upcoming Carrie remake.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published August 26, 2013.)

THE BUTLER (Lee Daniels, 2013)

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Pure Oscar bait but it was indeed a phenomenal Oscar-worthy film.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was a powerful look at the rich history of African-Americans in the US and their struggles amidst brutal racism.

There were so many effective moments that incited fear and sadness with their lucid depiction of living as a colored person.

Forest Whitaker deserved another Oscar for his spectacular performance as the subservient turned subversive title character.

Oprah Winfrey was phenomenal as the wife. The big-names supporting cast proved to be a bit of a distraction but were fine, too.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published August 26, 2013.)