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  • Legend

    Legend 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2016

    Slick and entertaining but it's surprising that someone as accomplished as Brian Helgeland could make such an unstructured, shapeless mess of a movie. A series of vignettes with no discernible throughlne to it all.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 29 May, 2016

    Bryan Singer amps up the series' insanity from 10 to 10,000 and depicts Auschwitz being mashed up into a double rainbow of debris and an ancient blue demigod decapitating people with gusts of sand.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2016

    Contains one of the best cinematic depictions of Yoo-hoo.

  • Child 44

    Child 44 2015

    ★★½ Watched 08 May, 2016

    An ambitious misfire which attempts to blend a cynical cold war John le Carré thriller with a pulpy Thomas Harris serial killer hunt. It's obvious why the original novel seemed ripe for the big screen but even at 140 minutes, this adaptation feels heavily truncated and unfinished.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    Watched 29 Mar, 2016

    You know you're in for a rough ride when a close-up of a jar of urine is played for tension, not laughs.

  • Grimsby

    Grimsby 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2016

    It's endearing how morally repugnant this is.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

    ★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A perfectly fine one-location thriller slightly marred by a tacked on ending which seemingly exists to justify an IMAX release.

  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★ Watched 04 Mar, 2016

    The coppiest cop movie ever made. Even David Ayer would think this is a bit much.

  • The Cable Guy

    The Cable Guy 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Feb, 2016

    American Crime Story S2: The Persecuton of Sam Sweet

  • Ruthless People

    Ruthless People 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2016 2

    "Et tu, Adolf?"

    This should be considered a canonical prequel to It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

  • Penthouse North

    Penthouse North 2013

    ★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2016

    A pseudo-remake of Wait Until Dark with Michael Keaton in the Alan Arkin role terrorizing a blind Michelle Monaghan. They both deserve better than this cheap Lifetime-quality thriller.

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Jan, 2016

    It's not style over substance. The style is the substance.