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  • Criminal

    Criminal 2016

    ★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2016

    Quick Hit: Criminal isn't so much abjectly awful as it is ambitious in its mediocrity. An interesting concept exists within Douglas Cook and David Weisberg's script revolving around the concept of identity and memory but it's buried in a half-hearted story featuring shorted characterization and dull, lifeless performances from most of the cast. Director Ariel Voorman does what she can with the material but there just isn't enough here to make it particularly memorable or worth recommending.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 May, 2016

    Marvel doesn't always make perfect films, but it's safe to say they're a well-oiled machine by now and Civil War is the perfect example of that. The story bu Joe and Anthony Russo very effectively riffs off of its controversial source material, adapting it for the continuity of the MCU and bringing several new players into the game. It's difficult for any film to juggle as many characters as Civil War does but the Russos not only give each character…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    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…