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About denmcg

I love movies and love sharing them with friends and family. I found myself constantly giving recommendations (sometimes solicited, sometimes not- ask my Dad) so thought why not do a movie review blog? Every year there are tons of great movies that go under-seen, and what I'll do here is let you know which ones you should check out and what ones you should leave unseen. In my experience, movies in the foreign, indie, and documentary genres most typically go under-seen, so those are the reviews you'll find most prevalent here. You'll also find some older films reviewed, that when released were hits, but over time have seen their visibility wane. I'll try to update the site every weekend, and feedback is welcome, whether it's on a review, a movie I should check out, or on the site itself.

Cell 211 (2009, 110 minutes, Rated R, in Spanish with subtitles) 4 out of 5 stars

Tense, gritty, and engaging from the opening frame. Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) is starting a new job as a prison guard at a high security jail. He goes in the day before he’s supposed to start to get the lay … Continue reading

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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011, 89 minutes, Rated R) 3 out of 5 stars

Relatively entertaining if not great documentary chronicling Conan O’Brien’s stage tour following his departure from The Tonight Show in early 2010. Part of the settlement offered to him by NBC included a gag order on any radio, TV, or internet … Continue reading

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008, 95 minutes, Not Rated (would be R)) 5 stars out of 5

As compelling and emotionally grueling as it gets. Kurt Kuenne‘s ode to his murdered friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby (and to Andrew’s child and parents), is easily one of the best documentaries I have ever seen but also one I am … Continue reading

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Senna (2010, 106 minutes, PG-13) 4 out of 5 stars

Recommended documentary about Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who won three Formula One racing championships before his death at age 34. This got good reviews, but I was somewhat skeptical. I have no interest in car racing (I didn’t even know the … Continue reading

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In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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Rare Exports (2010, Rated R, 84 minutes, subtitled) 2 out of 5 stars

Very disappointing comedy/fantasy/horror that isn’t quite any of those things. I don’t know much about the origins of the story of Santa Claus, but here the Fins put a twist on it, imagining that he was not a benevolent, gift-doling … Continue reading

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The Guard (2011, 96 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining if uneven comedy with a great performance from Brendan Gleeson. He plays Gerry Boyle, an extremely politically incorrect, foul-mouthed Irish cop in a small town in County Galway who has little use for following by the book procedure when … Continue reading

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