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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water 2016

    ★★★★ Added

    I enjoyed it. It's not a reinvention of cinema. On the contrary, much of the film felt very familiar. Not in a bad way, though. I appreciated that "Hell Or High Water" was simply an old-fashioned Western set in the present day. Cowboys, Indians, bank robbers, a grizzled Sheriff and his deputy, ect. There's a good sense of style, fine acting and a healthy undercurrent of humor as well. For fans of Jeff Bridges, it's a welcome followup to the 2010 "True Grit".

  • Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

    Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders 2016

    ★★★ Added

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

    Add a star or two if you're a fan of the 1966 TV version of Batman with all of its campy kitsch, subtract one or two if you're not.

    The spoiler here is not a very well-kept secret. There's a meta angle to this film, as Batman becomes a bit darker and a little bit more in line with the modern interpretations of the character. This plot twist might have raised some interesting questions, but Batman's turn toward "darkness" here…

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★ Added

    The last time Amy Adams met an alien in "Man Of Steel", she had sex with it. Luckily, she is able to restrain herself from gettin' it on with the aliens in "Arrival", even though the extraterrestrials in this film spend half their time squirting liquid toward Adams' face.

    There's a sorta Twilight Zone-esque twist at the end that raises an interesting philosophical question that seems to be hitting a lot of people right in the feels. I'm glad that…

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia 2016

    ★★★★ Added

    On the surface it's a mismatched buddy cop tale, but the subtext is all about racism, societal division, violence, and drugs. Definitely not what I was expecting from a Disney cartoon about a city full of talking animals. An added bonus was that Judy and Nick were actually likeable and interesting characters that felt well-thought out. I wasn't expecting a lot, so I'm surprised at how much I thought about the movie later. I have to respect the fact that it dared to handle such adult sized themes and integrate them into a kid friendly story.

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange 2016

    ★★★½ Added

    Entertaining film that benefits from good casting in the title role. "Doctor Strange" is a little too jokey for my tastes, but I understand why there was so much humor. Call it the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" effect. The effective use of humor in that film has been recognized by movie producers will surely spread to other superhero movies. It's quite evident here. A joke of some sort seems to be in almost every scene. But it played well. The…

  • The Iceman

    The Iceman 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    Solid story of a brutal mob killer who was also a devoted family man at home. Great performances all around.

    Michael Shannon is excellent. He somehow makes Richard Kuklinski a brutal thug but also believable as the romantic interest of Winona Ryder. Good, subtle acting by Shannon, and very good makeup changes his look over the years.

    Ray Liotta is always welcome in a Mafia movie, even if his mere presence invites comparisons between "The Iceman" and "GoodFellas" (one of…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again 2016

    ★★★ Added

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

    As a big fan of the original, it's funny to see "Rocky Horror" on primetime television and treated as if it's virtually Shakespeare. The RHPC was a huge part of my teenage life and I love it, but I can also cheerfully admit that in many ways it sucks. The calculated camp is part of the appeal. So, there's a lot of conflicted feelings wrapped up in this particular film.

    I' m glad that there are a few moments from…

  • Chatterbox!

    Chatterbox! 1977

    ★½ Added

    The Citizen Kane of talking vagina movies. The 4K restoration was amazing.

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★½ Added

    An amazing, classic film that will really make you feel a lot of emotions. There are a few awkward transitions between scenes in the second half, and the script occasionally gets a little too melodramatic and on the nose, but mostly it's a very powerful true story about humanity. Incredible cinematography and production design makes Victorian England come alive. The sound is excellent as well.

    The acting is fantastic. John Hurt gives a moving performance as the badly deformed John…

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    Added

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

    “Star Trek Beyond” is a very well-reviewed film. The love will likely snowball. The odorific gentleman sitting next to me in the movie theater said “wow” many times during the movie, and immediately exclaimed “That was the best Star Trek movie in a long time!” as soon as the end credits began to play.

    I am on the far outside of popular opinion yet again. Probably the farthest I’ve ever been in my life. Please don’t bother writing comments telling…

  • Creep

    Creep 2014

    ★★★ Added

    I'm so sick of found footage movies. If I never saw one again, I wouldn't be bothered in the least.

    That said, as far as this genre goes, I think "Creep" is better than average.

    I wouldn't call it a great film. There's no budget at all. The acting is uneven. Not all motivations are plausible. But the movie does manage to create some suspense and provides a few disquieting, uncomfortable moments. A short running time and a fairly strong ending help a great deal.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★½ Added 2

    I can appreciate a slow burn and a sci-fi fantasy that goes the extra mile to establish the realism, but "Midnight Special" provides many more questions than answers and for me was ultimately a very unsatisfying story.

    From all the crazily specific details involving maps and numbers, you'd think there was a well thought out explanation for the events in this film. But I have a nagging feeling that plot vagueness was the precise intent of writer/director Jeff Nichols. That's…