Ride Along: Movie Man Jackson

“You got five seconds to pick it up and throw it back!” Video games can absolutely help in real life, high risk situations. Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) is a gamer, and a security guard at his local high school. His real goal is to get into the local police academy in Atlanta, and he eventually […]

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Learning to Drive: Movie Man Jackson

“You can’t always trust people to behave.” Wish my driver’s ed teacher was as sage-like as Ben Kingsley. For 21 years, Wendy (Patricia Clarkson), and Ben (Jake Weber) have been in holy matrimony. Those 21 years have been far from perfect, but somehow the two have been able to manage the occasional rough waters. However, […]

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Enemy: Movie Man Jackson

“Your voice is just like mine.” No two snowflakes are alike. But two people can be, and I’m not talking only about identical twins. In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) makes his living as a college professor of history. It is somewhat of a mundane one, but it pays the bills, puts a […]

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The Maze Runner: Movie Man Jackson

“Who knows where this might lead us.” Most people who wake up with absolutely no memory of anything wake up anywhere but an all-boys community. Yet, that is what happens to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), in The Maze Runner. He is the latest boy to be dropped into this mysterious place called The Glade, a place where these […]

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Big Game: Movie Man Jackson

“You gotta cock it, motherf***er!” Kids can do the darndest things nowadays. 13 year-old Oskari (Onni Tomilla) is coming up on a coming-of-age moment in his life. He is at the point where he must prove his manhood to his Finnish kinsfolk. This involves going on a hunting excursion alone with only a bow and arrow and […]

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The Loft: Movie Man Jackson

“The people you love, they are the only people that can hurt you.” When guys want some solace and away time from their spouses and loved ones, they sometimes go to the golf course. Sometimes they go to a man cave. If they are really well off, they go to a posh upscale loft. Five […]

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American Sniper: Movie Man Jackson

“You can only circle the flames so long.” Behind almost every pull of a trigger lies a lot of weight and impact. Not just on the person pulling it, but those connected to said person. American Sniper is the story of Texan Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper). As a youngster, it is clear Chris has a desire to protect […]

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Boyhood: Movie Man Jackson

“A bit of decisiveness goes a long way in this life.” Life, in all of its frequent “nothingness,” is really something to behold. Boyhood isn’t so much a story, but a presentation of life, of both the smaller moments and the larger ones. Young Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) is introduced to the audience as a six year […]

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Selma: Movie Man Jackson

“The decision is with your side, sir. Not ours.” Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished a lot and brought attention to many civil rights matters during his very brief life, but one moment known as the “I Have a Dream” speech sometimes overshadows everything else he had done. In Selma, attention is given to the events […]

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Big Eyes: Movie Man Jackson

“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” Emotion can be conveyed in a multitude of ways, but it always seems to be the eyes that are recognized first. Big Eyes tells the true story of American artist Margaret Ulbrich (Amy Adams), who in 1958 leaves her husband and decides to start life anew with her […]

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