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  • Earth to Echo 2014

    ★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    There's an important difference between being an homage to great works and trying to be those works for the next generation. Earth to Echo is, to its detriment, the latter. Dave Green's film wants to be a 1980s Amblin Entertainment effort so badly that it stays far too close to the established lines without containing enough of the magic that made Goonies and E.T. so memorable. Henry Gayden's script throws all the familiar elements in--the outcast friends who are about…

  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Locke is being dubbed as a "gimmicky" film, and it's not an untrue statement. However, gimmicky doesn't mean lacking in quality. Several chamber piece-style films have had a very particular approach and been great films and Locke fits firmly within that categorization. Tom Hardy gives a stunningly good performance as the titular character. He's always been a good actor but there's a difference between good and the ability to capture the audience's attention as the sole on-screen character for the…

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  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2012 1

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Unconventional, disturbing and thought-provoking, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is not a film that will just be quickly banished from your mind whether you like it or hate it. Glazer has been working on adapting Michel Faber's alien psychosexual novel for some time, with a long time reportedly spent in the editing room to get it right. It is no insult to say that he doesn't quite succeed because he still manages to hit many of the right notes with…