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  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno 2013

    ★★★ Added 1

    I guess it's good as far as cannibal films go. But why do people like this horror sub-genre at all? I guess there's something viscerally disturbing about the concept for some. Otherwise, films like this seem made especially for people who get off on gory torture.

    I've seen "Cannibal Holocaust" just for my filmic education, and that's reputed to be the most famous of the genre. That's the only true cannibal film I've seen. (Does "Bone Tomahawk" count?) So, compared…

  • The Visit

    The Visit 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

    Truthfully, I am over the whole found footage genre. No matter how skillfully produced, it seems that there's always at least one moment where it makes absolutely no sense for the people to continue filming. And, of course, battery life is rarely (if ever) an issue. It's hard for found footage films to not occasionally be contrived to the point of distraction.

    That said, I thought overall "The Visit" was a very effective horror/suspense/thriller. Give credit to writer/director M. Night…

  • Clown

    Clown 2014

    ★★ Added

    Very disappointed. The movie I imagined from the awesome original fake trailer was so much better than the actual feature-length version. Really, the full movie adds almost nothing to what was there before. A good example of "less is more."

  • Hitman: Agent 47

    Hitman: Agent 47 2015

    ★½ Added

    Gah. Is there no one in Hollywood that can guide this franchise?

    This movie has a Marvel Studios-esque "post credit" scene, setting up a villain for another sequel. But the producers of "Hitman: Agent 47" seem utterly oblivious to what is making Marvel Studios so successful: proper exploitation of pre-existing material.

    The "Hitman" games are already filled with compelling stories, colorful characters, large-scale action, and suspenseful situations in exotic locations. To throw all that out in order to fashion a…

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

    I think this is what film-making is all about. I thought "Chi-Raq" was really great. I was entertained and often genuinely moved. The film was a deft mix of broad comedy and brutal reality. When was the last time a major motion picture actually pondered the meaning of life?

    "Chi_Raq" is one of the purest comedy-dramas I've ever seen. It takes a very serious and current issue (gun violence in America) and examines it through the lens of an ancient…

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★ Added 3

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

    I apologize in advance for this review. I am one of the tiny minority of people on the planet who didn’t get “Sicario.”

    My advice is to ignore this review and just see “Sicario” for yourself. The film has made many critics’ best of the year lists, and even topped a few.

    And, I am an idiot.

    Every year or so a critically acclaimed motion picture comes out and for some reason it just doesn’t click with me. I’ll try…

  • Pawn Sacrifice

    Pawn Sacrifice 2014

    ★★★ Added

    Decently made film. Tobey Maguire is very good as chess legend Bobby Fischer. Fischer is far from relatable or likable, so give Maguire credit for distinguishing himself in an uphill battle. Liev Schreiber doesn't have a lot to do as Fischer's opponent Boris Spassky, but he sounded good delivering lines in Russian. There's a lot of fun music on the soundtrack, and it's interesting to learn about this period of history.

    I didn't care for the main two supporting characters.…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    Liked it, but initially didn't totally love it like most people seem to. It is a well-made quality film overall, and worth a watch.

    It's technically excellent. There is great production value and flawless special effects. An animal attack is brutal and realistic-looking. The locations look amazing.

    But I also felt a bit emotionally distant from the characters and thought that at times the film was slow and repetitive. I was not a fan of the score, but luckily it…

  • Mockingbird

    Mockingbird 2014

    ★★ Added

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

    Writer/director Bryan Bertino gets a lot out of what looks to be a micro-budget. Some of the actors do a decent job, even if the found footage angle is as forced and contrived as ever. I liked Barak Hardley's performance as Leonard. And there are some microscopic germs of good ideas here. The character we expect to be the crazed killer is actually being manipulated just as much as the others. That was the most interesting aspect of the whole…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    Coverage of Arthur (Patrick Wilson)'s injured leg went on too long for my tastes. I thought I was watching "Injured Leg: The Movie" at times. But otherwise this is a good, offbeat western that's worth a watch.

    There's some (already notorious) heavy-duty gore that's causing most critics to classify the film as horror. One scene in particular will likely make a lot of people wince and shout even if they're not particularly squeamish. Just close your eyes for thirty seconds…

  • Watchmen

    Watchmen 2009

    ★★★½ Added

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

    Review of Director's Cut, which didn't feel drastically different than the theatrical cut I remember.

    I like "Watchmen" a lot. The comic (er, sorry, "graphic novel") was probably a little too sophisticated for my teenage self at the time, but I admire the writing skills of the original author Alan Moore.

    The film has a lot to offer. It has great style, an appealing cast, and fascinating characters. I think Billy Crudup's exceedingly soft voice is an excellent choice for…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★½ Added 7

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

    Eight reasons I hated “The Hateful Eight.”

    ONE: I’m 100% sick of the “N” word. I know, I know, it’s a period piece and that’s the way white people talked back then and yada yada blah blah… it is way overused to a nauseating degree. It feels gratuitous and it never serves the plot.

    TWO: Unnamed narrator midway through the movie only? WTF? Screenwriter 101 Red Alert.

    THREE: The truth is out: Michael Madsen can’t act. He is Mr. Blonde…