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  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2016

    Someday Hillcoat will direct a film worthy of the talented actors he routinely rallies to his cause, but today is not that day and this is not that film. For all its artful nihilism, never really rises above the level of Lil' Crime Stoppers and good lord the ATL accents.

  • The BFG

    The BFG 2016

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jul, 2016

    Sadly I must part company with my Spielberg partisans as I found this thumb-twiddlingly* dull in direct proportion to its attempts at conveying storybook wonder. Possess the same sandblasted CGI look as the Harry Potter films, which I’m decidedly mixed on as well as the Rowling-like tendency to dwell on funny sounding gobbledygook and PG-grotesquery. For all the motion capture expressiveness of Rylance’s performance, couldn’t shake the feeling that this is what happens when you make Jar Jar Binks the…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 17

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014 2

    Oh good: I was worried this wouldn't have a scene where a large air ship crashes into a major, metropolitan city.