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  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 2015

    ★★★ Added

    I love DC’s animated films and was very excited to see Aquaman get his own but was, sadly, a little disappointed with the end product. While not entirely terrible, the film stumbles with some poor voice acting choices, a sloppy story, and some forgettable action. It’s cool that DC is establishing a cohesive animated universe and is stepping away from making something that is made up of self-contained stories and the animation is once again fantastic, but the film should…

  • The Judge 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Critics praised the performances but panned the predictable story. I won’t argue against them there. The story has issues; for example, supporting characters aren’t given enough attention and the plot plays out exactly as you would imagine it would. However, the cast is just flippin’ fantastic in the film and there isn’t a single player not bringing their A-game. The performances are so good that it made me want to see more from so many of the characters. Even with…

  • Envy 2004

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    Watched this one for the first time due to the bad reviews it got when it came out in 2004 (yeah, I put it off for quite awhile). Honestly, I could have waited longer and feel the bad reviews were justified. “Envy” tries to be a dark comedy but nothing about it is really that funny. Even worse, despite having a cast of actors I enjoy, none of them really look like they are giving that much effort. Finally, the…

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    “The Drop” offers up a great story, has great characters, and tremendous performances from a stellar cast—with special mention to Tom Hardy who, once again, shows that there isn’t a role he can’t master. The film may not have a ton of replay value but it’s definitely a great crime drama with a well constructed story about loyalty and hidden pasts. Not a bad final film for James Gandolfini.

    Good evening…or morning, whatever. The name is Rev. Ron and if…

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Sure, on the surface, “The Skeleton Twins” looks like one of those generic indie drama/comedies about first world problems some white folks in their late 30s are dealing with and looks like something that was born after Zach Braff bled on some film in an editing studio somewhere, but the film is a thoughtful, endearing, charming, humorous, and emotional tale that has a very strong script and a great cast all performing amazingly well with their rich characters.

    Howdy! The…

  • After.Life 2009

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    Well…if anything, Liam Neeson was really good in this! I can’t really say anything else about his one. The story has promise but, along with the characters, has no real depth or development to it. Even with Liam Neeson showing off his skills, he’s surrounded by actors that can’t come close, are pretty unconvincing the entire time (Christina Ricci), or are too silly to take seriously (Justin Long). This thrill-devoid thriller might have been decent if some care was taken…

  • Death of a Ghost Hunter 2007

    ½ Added

    Found this gem on Netflix and, even though I knew it was going to be a low budget affair, I couldn’t prepare myself for some of the worse editing and acting I’ve ever seen. But at least the story is good, right? Ha ha, no! The story is terrible and awfully predictable. The story tries so hard to work in a twist ending that is easily guessed within minutes of the film’s start that it forgets what the film should…

  • The Equalizer 2014

    ★★★ Added

    I wanted to like this film more but the only thing I really liked about it was the action sequences. Without a doubt, this was the strongest part of the film with Denzel’s cold-as-ice portrayal of Robert McCall coming in at a close second. While the film isn’t terrible, the movie’s story is kinda messy, the characters aren’t really developed, and the plot unfolds very, very slowly. Still…those action scenes kick ass and singlehandedly make the film.

    Howdy! The name…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

    To me, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is absolutely perfect. Director Matthew Vaughn brought to the screen a comic book adaptation that has a story that never lets up on the excitement and fun. He made Colin Firth a legitimate badass and made a film that wasn’t afraid to take cheap shots at itself and the entire spy genre while it loving made a spy action film that belongs with both the campy ones of old and the grittier ones of…

  • The Book of Life 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    I went into “The Book of Life” with low expectations but great character design, awesome animation, tremendously colorful visuals, fantastic use of popular music, killer voice acting, and a story that is tender and hysterical, I found a film that was way, way better than I was prepared for. What else is there to say? Nothing except that shirt looks good on you.

    Howdy! The name is Rev. Ron and if you feel like reading more of my rants, ramblings,…

  • This Is Where I Leave You 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    “This Is Where I Leave You” has a fairly sloppy story that tries to overload all the characters with heaping tons of drama and backstory—However, despite this, I really enjoyed the film. The cast is filled with players I particularly enjoy, the funny moments are very entertaining, and the dramatic moments are very satisfying. Sure, the movie has its issues but they didn’t stop me from enjoying it. Could it have benefited from a longer running length? Probably but, as…

  • Grave Encounters 2 2012

    ★★ Added

    I thought the first film was very entertaining and better than most “found footage” horror films I’ve seen. This sequel could have been just as good but ended up slightly worse. While it still had potential and promise, the film suffered from having a story that got a little away from itself and looked a little silly at the end. Finally, the scare sequences are repetitive and some of the characters have absolutely no depth to them. However, despite this,…