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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    The poster beside me as I write is engaging and colorful.
    The trailer for this movie is as drab and generic as a piece of film promotion as you'd ever see.

    The trailer is accurate.

    Star Trek Beyond is not the worst Trek, but it's easily my least favorite Trek, and I'm baffled at the push for this as a nostalgic throwback to old adventures, when this incredibly boring movie abandons the wit and character dynamics that drive this series…

  • James White

    James White 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    There are 366 days in 2016 and the day someone you know dies is not the best choice of days to watch this.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 2016

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    A couple years of idiotic politicizing means I was never going to trust anyone's feelings on this but my own, and that I was probably going to be tainted from watching this "pure" even if I was on the white hat side of asking if this had a right to exist. So time will allow this to get reevaluated and hopefully more appreciated, especially since I'm a fan of almost everyone involved. There are obvious standouts and if you've seen…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jul, 2016 1

    The best music video director(s) to feature film director jump since Being John Malkovich. Swiss Army Man is best served cold. Deliberately alienates from the beginning only to win you over, this is one of the best films of the year and will stay that way.

  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates 2016

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    With this and 7 Days in Hell behind him, Szymanski has a promising comedy director future ahead of him, even if this doesn't thoroughly satisfy. M&D is very much in the 00s Frat Pack zone of comedy that is quite well structured but not as beefed up with jokes as it could be; carried more by performance.

    And that is what makes M&D a mixed bag. While Aubrey Plaza is downright heroic in a role that both plays to her…

  • Piper

    Piper 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy: The animated film.

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    A worthy follow-up to Finding Nemo... I guess? I liked Nemo a lot and still do but I was never as emotionally on board as others were, enjoying more on its technical and humorous qualities. Dory one-ups Nemo as far as character work and adventure even though as a whole it is comparably on rails. Ultimately comparably forgettable among other Pixar films, but something tells me it may walk away with yet another Oscar by just being good enough.

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    Like Hot Rod and MacGruber, the most recent and most explicitly Lonely Island infused feature is an initially hit-and-miss affair I predict will grow on several rewatches, forgiving the flaws for the features and finding new features among the flaws. As well, I have been listening to the soundtrack a lot and my enjoyment of that on its own increases my affection for the project in general. It helps to be well aware of both the subtle and not-so-subtle references and digs in these tracks, but Popstar gets by mostly on the surface level that most Lonely Island has succeeded with.

  • Moonwalkers

    Moonwalkers 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2016

    Ron Perlman and Ron Weasley fake the moon landing. Guy Ritchie-ish for mostly better but not without the worse. Pretty good visualization of PTSD flashbacks.

  • The Resurrection of Jake

    The Resurrection of Jake "The Snake" Roberts 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2016

    Unlike The Sheik, Jake the Snake Roberts' redemption story has plenty of participation from the WWE in terms of footage, allowing this (it's on Netflix btw) to have a production more along the lines of a solid ESPN 30 for 30 than the slick tongue bathing productions WWE make in-house.

  • Jim Jefferies: Freedumb

    Jim Jefferies: Freedumb 2016

    ★★½ Added

    A lesser and self-congratulatory Jefferies outing

  • Daddy's Home

    Daddy's Home 2015

    ★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2016

    Ferrell and Wahlberg still have chemistry together, and it has a few moments, but for the most part this is the kind of humiliated protagonist based comedy that grates and stays so one-sided that it becomes hard to watch, and even harder to maintain an emotional interest in.