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KANSAS CITY, MO --

SKYFALL (PG-13)
RUSS
It’s been five decades since movie audiences were introduced to James Bond. Remarkably, "Skyfall" seems both familiar and fresh at the same time.
SHAWN
So true. But "Skyfall" actually elevates the franchise. But it also owes a ton of thanks to the “Bourne” franchise which it clearly pimps, Daniel Craig who has finally grown comfortable as 007 pushes closer to over taking Sean Connery as the best Bond ever and director Sam Mendes who does a terrific job of mixing style and substance delivers something that’s a bit more than just another Bond movie.
RUSS
Director Sam Mendes of “American Beauty” fame mounts some impressive action sequences and Daniel Craig hits all the right notes as the quintessential super agent.
SHAWN
In the franchises’ 50th year “Skyfall” is as good as it gets. The movie features a juicy plot, terrific villain  memorizing title song and sexy to death Bond girls who do a lot more than just look pretty.
RUSS
Beautiful women, fast cars, explosions, intrigue and exotic locales…."Skyfall" delivers. What’s not to like?
SHAWN
Is “”Skyfall” a classic? yes, it is. I’d even say it’s easily one of the five best of all time which is high praise for this 23rd installment of the franchise. There are a ton of behind the scene extras, the director's commentary and footage from the premiere which I was at.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (PG-13)
RUSS
Stephen Chbosky stepped behind the camera to adapt his own best selling novel, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and the result is a effective and affecting personal coming-of-age story.
SHAWN
It's realistic affecting. "Perks," that what the cool kids call it, is a terrific story about love and friendship.
RUSS:
It's an earnest and honest look at teenage angst.
SHAWN
This movie is awkwardly charming. and loved Emma Watson's performance. The extra are standard except for the “Best Summer Ever” featurette.
BULLY (PG-13)
RUSS
After deleting a few f-bombs to placate the Motion Picture Association, the rating for the movie "Bully" was changed from "R" to "PG-13." Now the audience that should see this documentary can do so.
SHAWN
"Bully' is a better than average documentary about a very important subject.
RUSS
While the filmmaking isn't particularly distinguished, the anti-bullying message is an important one.
SHAWN
True. The production is a bit below par but the subject matter is terribly important.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

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