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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2015

    I commend its attention to detail towards the vampire mythos, but the comedy & mockumentary framework are too conservative to be anything more than simply amusing.

  • Chicago

    Chicago 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    It has a fun visual energy, but that constant energy proves draining over time. There are no valleys to match its constant peaks. It's a musical with a narrative that feels constrained by an overabundance of musical acts. Richard Gere sure makes the most of it though.

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  • Big Hero 6

    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

    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.