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  • Fifty Shades of Black

    Fifty Shades of Black 2015

    Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    Quick Hits: It's amazing that Fifty Shades of Black is actually less funny than the film it's trying to parody. And Fifty Shades of Grey's comedy is unintentional, whereas Marlon Wayans and company are actually trying to be funny here. Almost no joke lands and it's poorly paced; even at ninety-two minutes, it feels way too long. I know these films are cheap cash grabs for Wayans and his distributors, but enough is enough already.

  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Kung Fu Panda 3 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2016

    Quick Hit: Like the rest of the franchise, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a cute and enjoyable entry into the franchise that approaches the higher levels of animation films with some innovative and stylish use of different animation conventions. Unlike the rest of the franchise, this one makes it over the top by including a story with real emotional resonance. Panda 3 isn't just about the normal cartoon film platitudes of "be yourself" or the like; that is there of…

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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…