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  • God's Not Dead 2

    God's Not Dead 2 2016

    ★½ Watched 30 Nov, 2016

    Let's not beat around the bush here. God's Not Dead 2 isn't much better that its ham-fisted, poorly-written predecessor. Pure Flix has shown that it is utterly incapable of making a film that is actually inspirational, instead focusing on creating elaborate and unrealistic straw man arguments that sacrifice character depth and nuance for cheap proselytizing. Harold Cronk's second time at the helm of this franchise looks vaguely more professional but still suffers from blunt dialogue and half-hearted acting, most notably…

  • Friend Request

    Friend Request 2016

    ★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2016

    Quick Hit: Friend Request is everything that's wrong with internet-themed horror films. I liked Unfriended more than some but even if I had problems with that one, it would be miles better than this trite mess. Simon Verhoeven's script combines a preachy moralism about social media with a cheap, hackneyed slasher tale about a ghost out for misdirected revenge. 

    The film would be a complete waste if it wasn't for the cast, who ty their hardest to make it all…

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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…