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  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    Contrived, manipulative garbage. Seems to have derived all of its knowledge of boxing (and for that matter drama) from other boxing films. The sort of film where our punch-drunk hero and his estranged, young daughter have a strained reunion built around vocab homework just so the girl can literally spell out “hopelessness” (which is even more corny when you remember “Hope” is literally their last name). The sort of film that conceives of a fighter who can win over 40…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2016

    An ambitious dud from a young filmmaker I admire. Whole film operates with a misplaced sense of urgency as everyone is hurrying to get to a place, or prevent something from happening or intercept someone without every really internalizing why, meaning the audience is more less hijacked and along for the ride like Alton. Everything here is under conceived by half from the way the film burns through unresolved plot to the kid’s magic powers which seem to change based…

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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.