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  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 2016

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2016 2

    Quick Hit: One of Michael Bay's most grounded films, 13 Hours benefits from its gritty, measured approach. A film about such a politically-charged topic as Benghazi was always going to be walking a narrow tightrope, and there are a lot of debates about what was changed from reality and why. That's certainly a debate to be had, but whether it's morally acceptable to have made those changes, anyone relying on a Michael Bay action film to tell the real story…

  • Miles Ahead

    Miles Ahead 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2016

    Quick Hit: A promising if not stunning directorial debut by Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead scores points for patterning its story after Miles Davis' jazz stylings but doesn't really scratch the surface of who Davis is. The story of the legendary musician is bouyed by great performances from Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg and it's shot competently with a keen eye for period detail, but the script just isn't as deep as an exploration into such an iconic person's life should be. It's still well worth seeing; just don't expect the kind of excellence that the top biopics have been known to bring.

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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…