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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★ Watched 03 May, 2016 4

    I went in knowing nothing, and left feeling nothing.

  • The Huntsman Winter's War

    The Huntsman Winter's War 2016

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2016

    Never quite goes as batshit crazy as the first half hour promises, and the exceptional cast are largely squandered, but for a big unnecessary Hollywood franchise this is refreshingly different enough in large parts. I

    That said, it is horribly inconsistent in style and tone, and we've finally found something that Jessica Chastain can't do, namely a Scottish* accent. At least not with the dialect coaching she got on this production.

    Oh, and the action is largely terrible.

    I'd better stop now or another star is coming off...


    * Or is it Irish? Who knows, it's all over the shop.

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013 1

    With MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder confirms that he's a stylistic magpie whose guiding principle appears to be 'what's the coolest looking thing to do?' at any given moment. He has a poor grasp of storytelling, no sense of drama & is tone deaf with regards to actors' performances. The Superman-as-first-contact story is a good idea, but poorly executed. Structurally similar to Batman Begins it lacks the narrative momentum that carried that movie along. Goyer's dialogue is exposition heavy, witless & tin-eared. A good cast is wasted and despite a great many whizzes & bangs very little of interest actually happens.

  • The Other Guys

    The Other Guys 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Apr, 2012 4

    Action/Comedy masterpiece. Also a searing indictment of white collar crime.