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Mini reviews of Beautiful Creatures, Krabat, The Alibi, Oz the Great and Powerful, 42, Laws of Attraction, The House of the End Times and Our Idiot Brother.

In this article I will be doing short reviews of titles I have been meaning to write in more detail about but haven't gotten around to it because of mostly personal events coming in between. If I will still feel the need I will write more elaborately eventually.

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

genre: fantasy, romance

This film surprised me. I was expecting Twilight shenanigans or even worse therefore I was happy to actually enjoying myself watching it. It had some real brilliant moments that made you look forward of what was coming. In large part because of Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons. Certainly worth the watch.

Krabat (2008)

genre: fantasy

An older fantasy movie based on a children's book that can be quite dark. There is a lot of good to be found but there was something off about the story. I could tell that a lot from the book was left out because the film jumps from event to event skipping days, months, years even. And I can't but help feel that a lot of the beauty that is in the book was in those details. Still Krabat does offer decent entertainment and is definitely worth your time.

The Alibi (2006)

genre: comedy, thriller

Steve Coogan rarely lets down. But in this movie he simply did not do it for me. As a thriller this lacked too much and as a comedy it was far too serious. I simply could not get into it. So much more could have been done with the premise. To me it felt lackluster. But Go watch Hamlet 2 instead. That one is brilliant.

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

genre: fantasy

Where to start with this one. A prequel to The Wizard of Oz might work on paper but this film shows that it actually is very unnecessary. A lot of the movie magic is dependent on your knowledge of the original. And while it is nice for movie lovers. You also have to add that standalone element to make this unique. And it fails completely to do this. I was so bored all the time. Waiting for something worthwhile to occur. And apart from a very few times it did not happen. What was going on with Sam Raimi? I mean I did not recognize anything of his kinetic film style. Surely in a movie like this it would have made sense to use his extravagance. But no, in this one he decides to tone it down. Unforgivable! Don't watch this.

42 (2013)

genre: sports, drama

A solid sports movie about an American Legend that is filled with compelling dramatic moments and at the same time makes you feel good at the end. Worth your time.

Laws of Attraction (2004)

genre: comedy, romance

A lot of the film is riding on the chemistry between Julliane Moore and Pierce Brosnan. And that is all it needs because they hit it off quite good and together provide some comedic and charming moments. 

The House of the End Times aka 
La casa del fin de los tiempos (2013)

genre: horror, thriller, drama, mystery

Now this is a movie that builds up slowly and is asking you to pay attention. The movie does a good job of making you guess of what is going on. And apart from a few things doesn't leave you hangin. Event by event you it is revealed to you what is going on but never letting up the suspense. In fact the suspense and tension remain throughout. And for once you really want to find out what is going on because you care for most of the characters and the background story has some real dramatic substance. Check it out!

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

genre: comedy, drama

This comedy/ drama will be hit and miss for most. A large part of depends on the charm of Paul Rudd. If you don't like the guy you won't like this movie. Because he is like the nicest guy ever and everybody else are incredibly selfish and self absorbed and the exact opposite of him. Now a case can be made of him being too nice. But there lies the brilliance.His innocence actually wins you over. (Very much like in the first season of TV Show Rectify.) You root for the guy and you get angry when others do something to him. Except for a dog named Willie Nelson. He loves him unconditionally. The subplots concerning the sisters aren't that interesting because they never go to deep into it. Every time when you think, ok now something dramatic is coming up they leave it and shift to another scene and event. Taking the easy way out. A real shame if you ask me. Because it was all there. Overall an enjoyable movie worth your time but might feel a little empty since it is afraid of discussing the themes it touches.

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