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  • Noah 2014

    ★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2014 3

    (sorry, Jason)

  • Frozen 2013

    ★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    Frozen
    Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
    B-

    Pleasant enough considering I’m not remotely the audience for this but the by-committee nature makes it feel as organic and personable as a Disney quarterly report. Lots of focus group approved bullet points, including a faintly female empowering story (although notably with a male love interest still riding in to save the day), merchandise-friendly wisecracking anthropomorphic character, and blandly catchy Broadway style power ballads*. I mean love even conquers all, fer’ cryin’ out…

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  • Safety Not Guaranteed 2012

    ★½ Watched 29 Dec, 2012 2

    Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    Colin Trevorrow
    C-

    The least imaginative time travel film ever or simply the least imaginative film ever? How people can get themselves worked up into a fit of righteous rage over something like BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (which for whatever its faults has a visual sensibility and a general interest beyond the contents of its own bellybutton) while giving this a pass is beyond me. Looks like ass, squanders the considerable charms of Aubrey Plaza…

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013 3

    Dredd (2012)
    Pete Travis
    B+

    Spent the entirety of this in a state of near shock at how much better—visually arresting, clever, well structured, outright fun… however one wants to qualify that sort of a statement—than it needed to be as a retread of a famous Sylvester Stallone bomb based on an obscure (in this country anyway) comic book character, only for the end credits to reveal that the film’s production team was hilariously overqualified to be making a 3D,…