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  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game in John Wick, a top-notch neo-noir action film that wears its Woo-esque influences on its sleeves with pride. First-time directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch take a streamlined script by Derek Kolstad and give their film over to Reeves, letting him blaze a bloody path of satisfying vengeance through countless colorful mobsters and assassins. With exceptional action direction, standout performances, a sense of fun and just enough emotional investment to make us care, John Wick is one of the best straight action films of the year with ease.

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  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2014

    Many people have said that the best thing going in Begin Again is the music itself. Others have pointed out the work of actors Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine as carrying the film. And make no mistake; these are all things that help to elevate the film. The actors are all good (yes, even Levine) and the music from Gregg Alexander, Nick Lashley, Glen Hansard and a host of others is exceptional. But 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…

  • 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…