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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    Leading up to its release, I was hoping Guardians of the Galaxy would have James Gunn's eccentricities beat out the familiarity that plagues the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having seen it, it plays more like the two are at odds with each other rather than the Marvel-ness winning out as per usual.

    James Gunn's comedic timing is still intact, but it's much more tame here. Gunn's writing makes fun use of Michael Rooker as a country bumpkin space outlaw, but the…

  • Wish I Was Here 2014

    ★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    Wish I Was Here is a dramedy that's so aimless, needlessly bloated, and tonally inconsistent that it completely undercuts the good stuff like Mandy Patinkin's performance and the few scenes of genuine emotion that Braff is able to capture. You don't need every character to have their own subplot.

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both and there you have... a pretty basic story wrapped in a seemingly more ambitious outer shell. Not only are the humans dull, but the apes are similarly plain despite the larger focus. The post apocalyptic America looks great on the surface, but the script doesn't do much in the way of worldbuilding to create a sense of place. It's just not what this film is trying to do.…

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    It's easy to lose track of TIME while watching Lucy. Luc Besson's snappy editing and lean script give the film such a strong sense of momentum and speed that it doesn't even give you the TIME to focus on how silly its logic is. I was in such a daze by the end of it all that it took me a few seconds to even realize that it was TIME for me to go.