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  • The Angry Birds Movie

    The Angry Birds Movie 2016

    ★★ Watched 26 May, 2016

    Quick Hit: The Angry Bird Movie is exactly the kind of film you would expect a Hollywood studio to make out of the popular mobile game: take the standard "the guy who doesn't fit in proves to be the most important hero" animated movie plot and tie it to a story in which pigs steal eggs from the bird, requiring a big showdown. Add in pop culture references to mildly amuse the adults, a bit of pre-teen humor, broad jokes…

  • Plan 9

    Plan 9 2015

    Watched 13 May, 2016

    Quick Hit: With a story like Plan 9 From Outer Space's, it would be tricky to make a legitimately good film version. Ed Wood's original film is infamous in how bad it is, and it's an interesting experiment that writer/director John Johnson has undertaken in trying to make a remake that aspires to be a good, watchable movie. Unfortunately Plan 9 isn't much better than the original. The effects are better and the production values are okay, but nothing else…

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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…