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  • The Purge: Anarchy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    It's Punishin' Time! If John Carpenter directed Frank Grillo as Frank Castle for Marvel, you'd get THE PURGE: ANARCHY. A double-barreled blast. Pulp nirvana.

  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2014

    The deft deconstruction of the buddy cop movie continues with wit and charm. Not quite as funny as its predecessor, but I can't help thinking that might just be a deliberate riff on the diminishing returns of sequels. And, in comedy, likability goes a long way to mitigate any minor shortcomings.

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  • Due Date 2010

    ½ Watched 16 Jul, 2012

    The sheer fucking unwarranted hubris of Todd Phillips that he thought he could better (let alone equal) PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES. I laughed a total of two times - both times because Downey Jr. pulled a facial expression that managed to rise above the pitiful slop of the script.

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    The first film was all tight, stripped-down bonecracking beauty. This, however, is somewhat baggy and occasionally tips over into queasy, disposable sadism. It lags and suffers whenever Iko Uwais is off-screen (you could lose an hour of sub-plots easy), but when he's there...wow. He's the Fred Astaire of face-kicking.