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Martine Joseph
Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
Martine Joseph ~ film critic
Interests: I'm Martine Joseph, movie critic and writer helping you discover yourself. Movies can help you open your heart and change your mind. Sharing insights on family, documentary, thriller, indie, sci-fi, drama and more. mjmoviespirit@gmail.com
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“Come and dream with me,” invites Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s first children’s fantasy and tribute to the cinema. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Lars von Trier casts a spell over you in Melancholia, a visual masterpiece about apocalypse and humanity. Kirsten Dunst stars as a Justine, a runaway bride. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Crisis breaks George Clooney’s heart open in The Descendants, a family movie where deepening tragedy is touched by gentle humor and grace. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Margin Call is a tense drama about how Wall Street investment bankers caused the 2008 economic collapse, prompting worldwide recession. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Abigail Breslin can sing. In Janie Jones, Breslin’s voice and fresh, unaffected performance add soul to the road indie. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Morgan Spurlock just keeps getting better as a filmmaker. In The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, he raises awareness about branding, advertising and product placement. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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In the dispassionate biopic J. Edgar, director Clint Eastwood dissects a coward and a bully, a tyrant who threatens and lashes out against those he fears. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Everyone can Thrive, according to a new, leading edge documentary impressively researched and organized by business executive Foster Gamble. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Evolve to solve. Daniel Pinchbeck investigates how to survive and thrive during changing times in the wide-ranging documentary 2012: Time for Change. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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See it for the dancing. Footloose (2011) updates the story of teen dance revolt in a small town. Craig Brewer’s faithful remake falls short of the original. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Elizabeth Olsen bursts into stardom in Martha Marcy May Marlene. Her dynamic and restrained performance marks writer-director Sean Durkin’s astounding feature debut. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Take Shelter is a fever dream of a thriller. It plunges you into anxiety and hope, victory and defeat. Michael Shannon stars as a sensitive everyman. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez heal a father’s heart and find wholeness in the sensitive drama The Way. Sheen's son Estevez directs. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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A coach with drive and vision sees national champions in her diamond-in-the-rough women’s basketball team in The Mighty Macs. It’s a true life drama. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Sport is not always a ticket out of the inner city in Hoop Dreams (1994), a tale of two Chicago boys chasing their basketball dreams. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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The media trivializes and sexualizes women for profit according to Miss Representation, this year’s most important documentary by far. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Three birders chase their heart’s desire in The Big Year, a quirky comedy about true success. Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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After a campus murder-suicide spree, Kate and Bill Carroll call their son Sammy to make sure he’s all right. Suddenly there’s a knock on the door. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Death lurks while two teens fall in love in Restless, Gus Van Sant’s Harold and Maude inspired drama. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Is old-style politics obsolete? George Clooney directs an all-star cast in The Ides of March, a political drama that’s been eclipsed by Occupy Wall Street. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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The Gloucester 18 reveals the true story of teens who got pregnant during the 2007-08 school year at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Brad Pitt brings Billy Beane to life in the exciting drama Moneyball. Not just for baseball fans, the film tells a true sports rebel story. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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The smart, uplifting cancer dramedy 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam Lerner, a 27-year-old with spinal schwannoma. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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Vera Farmiga fans eager to see her directorial debut Higher Ground may be disappointed. Farmiga plays a religious fundamentalist who has a crisis of faith. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews
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A family man endures a mid-life crisis in Everything Strange and New, Frazer Bradshaw’s drama that simmers beneath a middle class surface. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at Secret Agent Gal Movie Reviews