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  • Cujo 1983

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Believer 2001

    ★★★ Added

    It is thought provoking and intelligently written. While the overall premise strains credulity (even though it's based on a true story!) and some scenes severely test suspension of disbelief, there are other times when it's like listening in on someone else's heated philosophical argument. It grabs your attention and really makes you think. That, and a very good performance by Ryan Gosling, make it a worthwhile watch. I did like the ending and the final ambiguous line that closes the…

  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Heartfelt at times, and a few chuckles now and again make for an overall okay film. There's a solid lead performance by Robin Williams, and Mila Kunis is very easy on the eyes. It's much more of a drama than a comedy, and it's the understatement of the year to say that after Williams's death many scenes are a little creepy in retrospect. But even before his demise, the film was a downer. Unfortunately, it's not hard to see why…

  • The Hustler 1961

    ★★ Added

    There are some good scenes, mostly at the beginning. There's a terrific, subtle supporting performance by Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats. Gleason and Paul Newman's initial battle is compelling, but whenever the film leaves the pool hall, it becomes talky melodrama. Very slow, and poorly paced. The relationship between Piper Laurie and Paul Newman isn't interesting at all, and Laurie's character is not appealing. Their relationship is the crux of the story, so if that doesn't work, the whole thing falls apart. Nice cinematography and limited use of music was a plus. Otherwise, I thought it was way overrated.

  • 13 Sins 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Definitely recommended for fans of movies like "Cheap Thrills" and "Would You Rather", as it covers very similar ground. While a story like this seems fairly easy to write, it's far more difficult to stick the landing. This film held up well and ended in a satisfying way. Consistent direction, decent acting, and the story seemed intelligent. Nothing seemed overly gross or exploitative, so it's almost as much of a traditional thriller as it is a darkly comic horror movie. Again, maybe it was a little bit of a case of exceeding low expectations, but overall "13 Sins" was a much better movie than I expected.

  • Vanilla Sky 2001

    ★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Barbarella 1968

    ★★ Added

    Some interesting sets and costumes, and Jane Fonda is easy on the eyes, but mostly this is a tedious slog, even for fans of bad movies. It certainly is a spectacle with special effects that must have been impressive for 1968. The film has aged poorly, though. It's like a super soft core porn movie with the porn edited out. At times it tries to be a self-aware comedy, but it's not at all funny. The blind angel was slightly amusing though. "An angel does not make love... an angel IS love!" And the ending credits floating away instead of scrolling was kind of creative.

  • Rosemary's Baby 1968

    ★★★½ Added

    It is a classic and a creepy movie for sure. Compared to today's horror films, it's slower than a brick race, but for those who enjoy atmosphere and a slow, deliberate burn rather than gallons of blood, it's very well done.

    Unfortunately, the ending kind of feels like an anti-climax (no pun intended.) It's more super-creepy than outright terrifying. That leaves a single dream-like scary scene midway through the film as the only explicitly horrific scene in a two hour…

  • Get On Up 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    The problem with "Get On Up" is the same problem that bedevils every biopic: with rare exceptions, people's lives just don't fit into your familiar three act screenplay structure. It's hard to turn someone's life story, no matter how compelling, into a satisfying cinematic experience. Remember Oliver Stone's "Alexander"? Alexander the Great took over half the freakin' world, yet his biopic elicits barely a yawn. It seems every film biography has to surmount that obstacle from square one, and "Get…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    That's right, True Believers, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is not a reinvention of cinema, just a pleasant time at the movies with a colorful new bunch of friends. Too bad the bad guys' plan is yet another "chase the powerful glowing thing" standard issue plot. A bad guy with lots of power (what exactly we do not know) wants a glowing thing that will give him even more power (just for the sake of wreaking havoc, I suppose.) Setting that…

  • Upside Down 2012

    ★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★ Added

    You might think I'm a blockhead, but I'm not as in love with it as most people are. Admittedly it's much better than a feature length toy commercial has any right to be. It's colorful and energetic with a few entertaining action sequences and some decent humor. And by the end the pieces come together with an interesting shift into a different reality. There is some real heart and a positive message. There are no goldbricks working in the animation department either.