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  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013

    ★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    If you told me that modern day Clint Eastwood directed this, I would have believed you.

  • Focus 2015

    ★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Some structural and character writing quirks keep this from being the effective con flick that the two leads are trying to be in. But Will Smith and, especially, Margot Robbie show that they can elevate material that isn't entirely up to snuff.

    Amidst all of the derivative fluff, there are a couple of inspired sequences, though!

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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    So white washed and sterile that it makes the "culture clash" of San Francisco and Tokyo completely superficial. Its vapid tackling of familial loss is made all the more frustrating due to its blank cast of rote characters. Then a big superhero battle, ripped straight out of Marvel's already dull recent output, happens. Don't bother.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    In Kingsman, our main character "Eggsy" evolves from a crass, English hoodlum into a James Bond-like English agent through the instructions of the always classy Colin Firth and his fellow associates. But actually watching Kingsman is like witnessing a calculated, proper, and a little too self-assured agent devolve into an uncomfortable, gratuitously violent, casually misogynistic, insincere, overconfident mess that can't decide whether it wants to be serious with a dab of goofiness or an outright cartoon. Mark Millar's grimy hands are all over this.