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The Identical is a new movie about a pair of identical twins separated at birth.  When one son is raised to be a preacher, he begins to rebel against his father's wishes to join the ministry to pursue his dream of making music just like his long lost brother.

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  • The November Man is a series of novels by the late Bill Granger, who passed in 2012.  Before Bill’s stroke in 2000, he had written for The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The L.A. Times; but recently his work was rediscovered for a Hollywood blockbuster, starring Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost, Mamma Mia!, and James Bond’s Die Another Day).  The November Man film is actually based on Bill’s 9th novel in the series, There Are No Spies (1987); instead of the 1st novel of the same name that was published in 1979.  What’s great is that this is Brosnan’s first action spy thriller since playing the infamous 007 British agent James Bond from 1995-2002.  And to make the James Bond world just a little bit smaller, Brosnan’s costar Olga Kurylenko (Vampire Academy, Oblivion, and Seven Psychopaths) played a Bond girl in 2008’s Quantum of Solace opposite the current James Bond, Daniel Craig.  Now if you think that I think that this movie was just like every other James Bond movie, then you are only 50% correct.

  • If I Stay is a new movie based on the novel by Gayle Forman with the same name released in 2009.  In 2011 a sequel to If I Stay was released titled Where She Went that is told from Adam’s perspective of his relationship with Mia; and now in 2014, If I Stay has been adapted for the big screen.  The If I Stay film stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass, and Dark Shadows) as the young, innocent, and very talented Mia Hall.  The story is told in a series of flashbacks and memories from Mia’s dreamlike state, while at the same time she listens in on conversations and interactions in the present deciding what she should do with the rest of her existence.  To try to keep everything in some semblance of an order, we are going to concentrate on discussing everything chronologically, so into the past we go.  Mia, a smart, attractive, and amazing musician is practicing her cello at school when Adam walks down the hall and happens to hear her playing.  Captivated, he pauses by the window to get a better look at the source of the melody.  Completely oblivious to anything else in the world, Mia continues to play with her eyes closed and her heart entrained with the music.  Suddenly, Kim’s best friend stalks by Adam, enters the room, and arouses Mia from her state of enchantment to remind her that class is over and everyone else is at lunch.  As they leave the room, Mia notices Adam, brought to life by Jamie Blackley (The Fifth Estate, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Vinyl) standing in the hallway with a group of friends by the lockers watching her as she strolls past.  This singular encounter will lead to the birth of young love and all of the pain and heartache that accompanies it.

  • The Expendables just seemed like any other movie franchise, similar to The Fast and the Furious, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or Star Trek.  All you have to do is follow the formula and everything will be alright.  For The Expendables the formula was very simple.  Step 1: get a bunch of 1980’s and 90’s action stars, now in their 50’s or 60’s.  Step 2: provide the guys a mission that makes them the heroes of the story without too much plot.  Step 3: let the guys fight, kill, and blow up everything in sight even if it is grotesquely over the top.  And finally, Step 4: make sure the guys make lots of jokes about all of the other guys’ old movies.  Wash, rinse, and repeat.  It seemed like The Expendables could go on forever, but as the old adage says, “Nothing lasts forever.”  So, what went wrong with The Expendables III?