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  • 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…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    Hardy remains a singularly unpredictable and welcome screen presence, here channeling his four-legged costar, almost puppy-like in his eagerness to endear himself to others. With nearly everyone else in the film doing a variation on a slow burn, Hardy gives an astonishingly low-key performance, residing somewhere between simple and cagey, that keeps threatening to spin the film off into an unexpected direction even if it never ultimately gets there. Strong feel for the world of the criminally adjacent (almost feels…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 14

    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 1

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