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  • A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    It's a Western comedy from Seth MacFarlane. That's what the trailers promised, and that's exactly what the movie is.

    And it's funny.

    Not every gag connects like it should. But the ones that do...do. And that's it.

    That is to say: I laughed. Quite a bit in fact... Which means the movie did its job, so what else can I tell you?

    There's no beating around the bush here. If MacFarlane's brand of humor doesn't appeal to you, this is…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    Not unpredictably, what we have here is a contrived sequel that doesn't have much juice.

    The centerpiece, in every way, is the title story. You get Josh Brolin taking over from Clive Owen and a much better fit for the role, even as some off putting, disconcerting as all hell makeup is employed at one point to actually make him resemble Owen. The fact is, Brolin is such a cool actor and forceful screen presence, I'd say he makes a…

  • Assassination 1986

    Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    It has the right setup for what could be a fun B action flick. Charlie Bronson and his wife (they're both long dead and gone as of his writing) star as a secret service tough guy and the First Lady. She's in danger, he has to protect her, all that good stuff...

    So, it has a good setup.

    And that's all it has.

    You'd think making the movie was an excuse to get this real life couple working together in…

  • The Men's Club 1986

    ★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    Or The Big Chill for people who really like to eat steaks...

    ...and drink scotch.

    Really... The title itself should already tell you everything.

    More than anything else, this is a big time acting showcase, which you will enjoy if you enjoy these particular actors.

    And these are good actors. Roy Scheider... Frank Langella... Treat Williams... Richard Jordan... All of whom get at least one bravura moment, or one particularly stunning little monologue. The most memorable of which might be…

  • The Believers 1987

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    This fundamentally cheesy slice of 80s schlock is given relatively stylish treatment by director John Schlesinger who, by this point in his career, well...this is the stuff he was doing.

    It also boasts a decent enough cast of familiar faces, headlined by Martin Sheen who, by this point in his career, well...this is what he was doing too.

    There is the meat of an interesting thriller here. The concept is intriguing and the film builds well enough. As Sheen is…

  • Dreamscape 1984

    ★★★ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2014

    A 70s paranoia thriller given an 80s adventure fantasy spin... This uneven thriller is fascinating despite its flaws because of that interesting blend, and how very close it comes to actually pulling off its off-beat premise.

    I guess they were ahead of the curve on this one. I mean, Christopher Nolan practically remade it a couple of years ago with Leonardo DiCaprio and the result was a massive, worldwide action hit.

    This remains a cult film. But I suppose it…

  • For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism 2009

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    A talking head documentary with some interesting heads...

    I don't know that there's any particularly fascinating insight here, but it's definitely engaging to listen to these particular people talk about their careers, more so if you're a film buff of course.

    I'd be surprised if someone who isn't a film buff would even want to watch this in the first place.

    They also give Harry Knowles a little more face time than I'd like. Though, his "contribution" to the modern…

  • Heaven Is for Real 2014

    ★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    Well... It certainly is according to Reverend Burpo...

    Look, I'm not going to be mean. Because if you're the intended audience for this film - and if easy sentimental comfort food is what you're looking for - this is fine.

    In difference to most Christian cinema, this boasts handsome Sony Pictures production values, a screenplay that isn't too condescending about its message, and a cast of good actors doing the same sort of good, professional work they would do in…

  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil 2010

    ★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    Alan Tudyk is a great character actor who really should get more work. And he's particularly terrific in this trifle here, teamed up with Tyler Labine. As the title characters, they're a bit like a hillbilly variation on Oscar and Felix crossed with Cheech and Chong. Or, since this is a Canadian picture, let's say the Mackenzie brothers.

    They're very entertaining to watch, and so that rubs off on the film. Even as, when we get down to brass tacks,…

  • Halley 2013

    Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    I'm sure someone, somewhere thinks this is just great. Far as I'm concerned, it's a Mexican slice of typical film school horseshit.

    You don't need an hour and twenty-two minutes of a guy slowly (and inexplicably) rotting away in his apartment to give me a powerful portrait of loneliness.

    You can take your off-angle compositions, your digital video attempt at Kubrickian specificity, empty silences; and Cronenbergian moments of body horror and still give me a package that would accomplish the…

  • Neighbors 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    Seth Rogen has become a pretty reliable brand by this time.

    It's also the kind of thing where what you're expecting is probably exactly what this is.

    Rogen and company have proven time and again that they have a knack for tapping into the nostalgia-fueled comic veins of their generation. And so, it's all here. The mile a minute references whatever happens to be in vogue right now, not to mention callbacks to the eighties and the suggestion that, whatever…

  • God's Not Dead 2014

    Watched 07 Sep, 2014 1

    This pedantic film suffers the unfortunate fate of most Christian tract cinema.

    The fact of the matter is: There is nothing challenging, compelling or interesting about preaching to the converted.

    Because there is an interesting film here. It's valid to debate these issues. Why not? But, if you're going to present a debate, why make it so one sided?

    If their goal is to send a message to non believers, I've got news for you: no one is going to…