Red (2010)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary Louise-Parker, Morgan Freeman
Running Time: 1 hr, 51 min
Rated: PG-13


Review by Brother Reed

Remember a few years back in Live Free or Die Hard when Bruce Willis was old? Well in Red he’s still old, and this time so are all his friends. If you think that sounds depressing, you could hardly be more wrong. It’s like if the gang of retirees who occasionally meet for breakfast at Hardee’s had at one point been highly-trained government operatives and are just biding their time until something exciting comes along. The over-the-hill cast of this over-the-top thrill ride are quite obviously having a blast, and their contagious energy is what makes the movie so much fun. Red is a movie that you can’t take seriously because you were never meant to. You were meant to laugh at one-liners and cheer when the good guys win. READ FULL REVIEW

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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Running Time: 1 hrs. 52 min
Rated: R



Review by Brother Reed

Charlie Kaufman is a man who finds truth in absurdity. His screenplay for Being John Malkovich is a goldmine of radical concepts, and director Spike Jonze brings it to life before our eyes as an almost dream-like parade of strangeness. Lifelike puppetry, an office with a four foot ceiling, a chimp with post traumatic stress, people entering the minds of others… this is just the beginning of the oddities to be found in this film. However, it is no conceit. Being John Malkovich may have the trappings of an obscure art film but it is made so accessible – and so funny – that I think audiences will love it if they give it a shot. FULL REVIEW