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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2016

    Guillermo Del Toro delivers a delightfully creepy throwback to the Gothic thrillers of yesteryear. I do think the film could stand to be about 20 minutes shorter, because the story isn't quite as tight as it probably could be, but there is enough great stuff throughout to balance out the few dull spots. The climax in particular is fantastic. Jessica Chastain delivers a standout performance that veers from terrifyingly reserved to completely unhinged, but pretty much the entire cast is on point. Overall I really enjoyed this one. It makes for a nice companion piece with Devil's Backbone.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Watched 25 Mar, 2016

    Using the Flop House Podcast's scale (bad bad movie, good bad movie, movie I kinda liked), I think I'm prepared to declare Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice a movie I kinda liked. It's far from perfect; it's dumb as hell, it tends to bog down in a lot of places (mostly because it takes itself WAY too seriously), and the action scenes are nearly incomprehensible, but I enjoyed the film's willingness to sort of embrace the comic book craziness…

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  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2016

    Utterly delightful. One of the most joyous films this side of Singin' in the Rain.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2016

    It's a big shambling mess of a movie, but the vitality and the urgency of the narrative really helped to smooth over some of the rough patches. Also, the performances are pretty great across the board, but Teyonah Parris deserves special mention; she anchors the film with a powerful star-making performance, and just captivates every single time she's on screen. All in all, I kinda loved it, and I think it might be Lee's best since Do the Right Thing.