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  • Barely Lethal

    Barely Lethal 2015

    ★★ Watched 29 May, 2015

    Hailee Steinfeld, Sophie Turner and Dove Cameron are absolutely adorable in "Barely Lethal" but the movie suffers from.... a lot of things actually.

    Let's start with that title..... who thought "Barely Lethal", an icky play on words, was a good idea?

    Also, underwritten characters. Sophie Turner's character is so one-note, everybody else is a high school cliche. I had similar problems with "Kick-Ass", a movie that tried to portray superhero in the real world but missed everything because it was…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2015

    Though I had some problems with the movie, I ultimately found it to be a rather fun cross between a demented Harry Potter movie and a cartoony James Bond movie.

    For all its faults, it's still a fun ultraviolent ride.

  • Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun

    Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2015

    Also known as simply "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun", the main character in this movie is a screenwriting teacher in New York with long hair named Robert. Hey! I had a screenwriting teacher at Hofstra with long hair named Robert!.... hmmmm..... coincidence? Probably

    But it's an interesting movie doing some interesting inside baseball sorta stuff you don't see much.

  • Backcountry

    Backcountry 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 May, 2015

    It's basically "Open Water" with a bear (though the bear doesn't come into it till about halfway)...... it's surprisingly good, with good performances.

    Filmed kinda weird though. Not that I'm complaining.

  • Adult Beginners

    Adult Beginners 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 May, 2015

    You'd never think in a million years that Nick Kroll would make a great leading man in a family dramedy (as in a dramedy about a family) but "Adult Beginners" is great and Kroll has a great chemistry with Rose Byrne, who plays his sister.

    It doesn't really do anything new and it goes to all the expected places but it's a refreshing, fun, breezy movie.

  • Magic in the Moonlight

    Magic in the Moonlight 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 May, 2015

    It's perfectly charming but, as you'd expect, not one of Woody's best.

  • Girlhood

    Girlhood 2014

    ★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    Having just talked with a friend about Celine Sciamma's previous film "Tomboy" (which featured a tour-de-force performance by Zoe Heran), I decided to crack into her newest, most acclaimed (?) Film to date and found it.... stale? Boring? Uninvolving? With the exception of a music video-style scene set to a Rhianna song which almost plays like it's own mini-movie, I found this film dull as dishwasher, a French slums mash-up of "Fish Tank" and "It Felt Like Love".

    Both of those movies are better and both are also made by female directors as well. Go watch those instead.

  • Echoes Of War

    Echoes Of War 2015

    ★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Much like "Miller's Crossing", a hat plays a pivotal role in the post-Civil War Frontier family drama "Echoes of War".

    Unlike "Miller's Crossing", however, this movie also reminded me quite a bit of Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker", partially because both films are about uncles returning home and partially because this film's female lead, "It Follows" and "The Guest" breakout Maika Monroe reminds me of a more conventionally attractive version of Mia Wasikowska.

    The film also features a nearly unrecognizable Beth Broderick.

    Too bad this film is slow and, even worse, BORING and it totally wastes Ethan Embry.

    Shame, Shame, Shame.

  • Strange Magic

    Strange Magic 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    It's kind of notoriously known as the movie Disney had to release as part of its lucrative star wars deal, the red-headed stepchild of that deal but personally I don't understand why it got so much vitriol. I found this movie to be utterly charming and an interesting twist on the typical animated movie tropes and archetypes.

    Sure, there are a bit too many pop songs but they didn't bother me as much as everyone else and Alan Cumming absolutely kills it (doesn't he always?) As The Bog King aka. Boggy Woggy Kingy Wingy.

  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    "Down it boy, it's liquid joy"
    - Ben Mendelsohn's Payne, about absinthe, right before my brother showed me the bottle of absinthe he got for his birthday on the stairs.

    A cross between Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" and the Coen's "True Grit", a gritty slow-paced western starring Michael Fassbender.

    It doesn't rewrite the western book but it's pretty darn good.

  • Bessie

    Bessie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    Though Queen Latifah and Mo'nique give great performances, the queen's possibly being a career best, this is a fairly mundane, typical biopic.

    It's good but not great.

  • W.M.D.

    W.M.D. 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Bad acting hampers this modern war/hostage film.

    I've seen worse movies in my life, much worse.