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The Town

Very dramatic thriller directed by and starring Ben Affleck (though I liked his first, Gone Baby Gone, even better). Here's the catch (for me anyway): Hollywood keeps making these stories in which the bank robbers (and murderer) are the good guys; the cops are basically bad. This hasn't been my experience in the real world. The majority of cops are trying to do the right thing and their job is unbelievably difficult. The majority of crooks put themselves above everybody else. I prefer Alex Cross to Gary Soneji.

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Easy A

Good dialog and a terrific performance by Emma Stone. Though again, there's a catch: isn't Christian-bashing as small-minded and wrong as any other kind of bashing? Seems that way to me.

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Cairo Time

I thoroughly enjoyed touring Cairo for a couple of hours; the story and the film—not quite so much. Though the acting is fine.

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The Tillman Story

The Tillman family is angry that the Army mislead them about their son's death in combat. I can understand that. The Army doesn't like to tell families their sons or daughters died by friendly fire, especially when the circumstances are unclear. I can understand that, too. Maybe I'm too understanding.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D

I suspect this is for people who enjoy videogames and/or light science fiction. I'm not a particular fan of either, but I do think this film's director has a terrific eye—i.e., it may all be nonsense, but it's shot very well.

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Going the Distance

Starts out with some pretty snappy dialog but drags its way through to the end in a very predictable manner. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long are likeable, as always.

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