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  • Ms. 45 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014 1

    Interesting 80s Death Wish / Taxi Driver / exploitation flick, Ms. 45 automatically gets a half-star bump for absolutely oozing early 80s New York from every frame of the film. From the characters and fashion to the copious scenes shot on the street, the city is a strong character in this revenge thriller. And in the jungle of New York we focus on a mute seamstress named Thana, who has what can only be described as extremely bad luck by…

  • Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Southern white-trash thriller, Killer Joe sports a great cast and believable, if not completely engaging, characters. It centers on a trailer-park family and plans to kill an estranged family member for insurance money, by means of hiring "Killer Joe" Matthew McConaughey.

    The plot and setting are fine, and both McConaughey and Emile Hirsch turn in solid performances. However, nothing is particularly memorable save the ending which goes off the rails but could have done so in a more spectacular fashion. Killer Joe is a decent thriller worth a watch, but will most likely be forgotten soon after.

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 5

    Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…