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Charlie Bartlett – Review

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WARNING: Spoiler Review! If you haven’t seen this movie and plan on it, you’ve been warned.

I went to see Charlie Bartlett last night. I usually go to a movie every week or so, but I hadn’t been in nearly a month. It was a great movie. Anton Yelchin plays Charlie Bartlett, a wealthy private school student who is expelled for running a lamination mill in his room where he created fake IDs for hundreds of classmates. He then decides to attend public school, still wearing his private school uniform on the first day. He tries unsuccessfully to make friends, and realizes that the best way to gain popularity is to offer free medications to fellow classmates.

Charlie begins listening to his peers’ problems in a makeshift “office” in the men’s restroom, and when he found out their issues, he goes to his psychiatrist and tells him he has the same symptoms as his classmates in order to get prescriptions he can in turn pass on to them. He makes a huge profit, wins the love of the entire student body, and largely helps them medically when no one else would listen or they had no one else to turn to with their problems.

After a while, Charlie starts dating the principal’s daughter, landing him in even more hot water than he’s already in with school administration. His drug scheme is finally busted when a classmate tries to commit suicide by overdosing on Ritalin. He ends up going to jail for a short time, but makes amends with the principal and everyone else.

This was a great story told at an interesting angle, so if you’re up for some hearty laughs, a fast-paced, fun story line, and a sprinkle or two of drama, check this film out.

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We Own The Night – Review

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I went to the Byrd Theater last night to see We Own The Night. It was an interesting, yet somewhat confusing, look at the 1980s inner-city drug scene. Joseph Grusinsky (played by Mark Wahlberg) heads up a new narcotics unit to reduce drug flow throughout the city. The main man they’re after is Vadim Nezhinski (played by Alex Veadov). The movie follows their mob-like ways and profile their importation of drugs in creative but shiesty ways. This movie has two or three points where you think it’s going to end, but it keeps on going. It would be just as good a movie without keeping it going. It’s somewhat of a grim movie with lots of killing, but overall the police prevail in taking down the drug operation.

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