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  • A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Becomes hugely problematic in its second half, turning into the exact kind of film SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is often unfairly accused of being. But the real annoyance is that roughly 40% of Neeson’s screen time is spent opposite a streetwise homeless adolescent who gets to school his sixty-something costar on slang words and the internet (the film is set in 1999 solely so it can greatly overstate the anxiety over Y2K) while serving as a surrogate son/burgeoning sidekick. Yes,…

  • Dom Hemingway 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    It’s like they remade SEXY BEAST as a sitcom. Same safecracking milieu, blinding primary color scheme, and cheerful vulgarity (the film opens with Law giving a monologue about the magnificence of his cock while being blown off-screen by a fellow inmate). But it’s all so smug and consequence-free with our titular anti-hero escaping every predicament with a shrug and the hope that you’ll be too charmed by his cockney blue streak to care. Worse, the film saddles Law’s scoundrel with…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 15

    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 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.