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  • Annie 2014

    ★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    It’s been a long time since a Hollywood musical has gotten as much wrong as Annie. Will Gluck’s misguided direction amplifies the problems of a poorly-written script that sucks any joy or entertainment out of the proceedings and boils everything down to a completely hollow affair. Try as hard as Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx might, they can’t elevate this beyond the level of complete misfire and Cameron Diaz is just teeth-grindingly bad in every moment she’s on the screen.…

  • Miss Meadows 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    Miss Meadows’ problem is that it never knows what it wants to be. Karen Leigh Hopkins’ strange, quirky tale of a prim schoolteacher/vigilante sets a darkly comic tone with its opening scene, a strong thematic statement where it likens its titular character to a gun-toting, take-no-prisoners Snow White. It’s bizarre and yet it works, letting Katie Holmes tap dance away from a would-be rapist sitting dead in his car on the street. But Hopkins then throws the film into a…

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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…