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  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

    Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    Netflix sure does like these "ground-level views of a revolution" documentaries, don't they? More than I do anyway.

  • Cop Car

    Cop Car 2015

    ★★½ Watched 24 Dec, 2015

    I'm not saying it's a bad film per say, it's just it took my 5 attempts to get through it and it's only 90 minutes long. The expression "under-conceived" comes to mind, even as indie calling cards go. Watts and his co-writer devise a bleak but compelling premise (two latchkey kids steal a corrupt sheriff's cruiser unaware he's a cold blooded killer and there's a body in the trunk) but it's a great hook in search of a movie. Perhaps…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 18

    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.