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  • The November Man 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    Pierce Brosnan brings his A game as an old spy brought in from the cold, but he isn't able to elevate The November Man above the level of mediocrity. Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek's script is too worn and familiar, leaving the plot twists obvious and telegraphed while Roger Donaldson struggles to assemble it all into something enjoyable. Supporting characters fall short despite good work from Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey and the rest while the action scenes are solid but hollow…

  • Dom Hemingway 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    A lightweight but enjoyable black comedy, Dom Hemingway succeeds simply because Jude Law is so damned good in the titular role. As a boozing, cocky safecracker trying to find his way after twelve years in prison, Law commits himself completely to the role and has a blast. By no means is this an Oscar-caliber performance; there's too much shouting and yelling in Dom and it's just too histrionic to be called truly great but it doesn't need to be. What…

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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…

  • Labor Day 2013

    ★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    It's not that I don't believe the chemistry of the actors in Labor Day. I do. Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Gattlin Griffith all give very good performances and make you want to believe in this escaped con-turned-romance story. Brolin is intense and carries the dramatic weight well, while Winslet handles her character's emotional troubles nicely and Griffith is a very solid young actor who invests emotional weight into his journey through the film. The problem here isn't the acting,…