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  • Pontypool 2008

    ★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    Laurie Anderson should sue.

  • Maleficent 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    "It's the scripts, L.B. -- bad pictures, bad directors. Listen to me, I have been begging you ... begging you for a good script. Now I've always done my share of bad movies, because you knew I'd make them work. But I can't keep doing it, L.B.!"

    Can someone tell Angelina Jolie that she can do better movies and still be the best thing in them?

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  • Pompeii 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2014

    Pompeii'nful.

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2013

    An absolutely necessary corrective to any lingering sentiment regarding the Old South (is there any?) and, on a larger scale, the blood that lubricated the Great Experiment. But with McQueen's bent for tastefully arty effects running up hard against his appalled anger over America's fatal error (an innate trait among practically all foreign filmmakers), the movie's most powerful scenes are the ones that draw a clear through line between gentility and amorality, the scenes that are Roots and Goodbye Uncle…