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  • Hearts in Atlantis

    Hearts in Atlantis 2001

    ★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2016

    Ostensibly this was released in movie theaters which seems strange because this feels like a Lifetime or ABC Family movie. Scott Hicks pulls off some neat directorial tricks but that's really about it (well, except one thing: he uses slow motion, which contributes to the Lifetimey feel and is also unforgivable). It features a young and very odd-looking Anton Yelchin and an Anthony Hopkins who I hope just saved himself some time by camping out by the post office while filming.

  • Virgin Mountain

    Virgin Mountain 2015

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    Movie Club | #62

    I think it's okay when movies rely heavily on characters at the expense of a good story. In the hands of a good director and with good actors, it often works. Virgin Mountain appears to have a good director and at least one good actor (Gunnar Jónsson as Fúsi) but it feels a little flat and half-baked. Fúsi is an overweight, mid-40s airport worker who still lives at home and is forced into doing something other…

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  • God's Not Dead

    God's Not Dead 2014

    ½ Watched 13 May, 2014

    It's very easy, too easy, to slam God's Not Dead purely because it's straight-up Christian propaganda. And not just propaganda but antagonistic crap designed to reach to the converted and preach to those on the fence. This movie is fully representative of the excessively defensive Christian victim complex movement that's plaguing America today. It's a bad movie with bad acting and bad direction and bad everything else but no worse than any other Lifetime made-for-TV movie.

    Long story short: This…

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Dec, 2014

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was the only Star Trek movie from the original series that I saw as a kid. It left an impression on me and I remember it fondly and watching it today reaffirmed that fondness. Everything seemed to be clicking in this movie between the cast, the direction, the story and its execution. The first 15 minutes of the Enterprise crew in present day San Francisco is some of the best fish-out-of-water stuff you'll find in a movie anywhere.

    The…