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  • 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.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    Added

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

  • Psycho II 1983

    ★★★★ Added

    Solid horror sequel with a consistent element of mystery. Of course it's going to pale in comparison to the original classic "Psycho", and it seems a bit more like a TV movie when compared to "Psycho III", but it still could have been far worse. It's a good story that builds entertainingly upon the original film. The twisty plot escalates at a steady rate, and viewers are left questioning things right up until the end. And the end leaves the whole story rebooted and ready for more. To me, that's a satisfying way to wrap up a story. Good movie.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Bump the rating up another half a star (or more) if we're grading it on a curve. As a movie, it's decent overall. As a "Planet Of The Apes" movie, I thought it was great. As much as I love the original series, it's aged very poorly and was in dire need of a second reboot. (I'm trying to forget Tim Burton's terrible 2001 remake.)

    The bad: The human characters are awful. To call them two-dimensional would suggest a depth…

  • Alter Ego 2007

    ★★ Added

    Not the worst movie in the world, but "Alter Ego" never really goes anywhere. There are occasional flashes of wit and intelligence, and I enjoyed the acting of C-Thru and The Shrink. The lead guy playing the Fridge was kind of annoying and not that great. The story struggles against the minuscule budget, and frankly the budding romance was just flat and uninteresting. Might be a mild diversion for fans of superhero movies, otherwise it's inessential.

  • The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Added

    Other than the slightly draggy interlude in Italy (which honestly doesn't go over fifteen minutes), this is still one of those three hour movies that just flies by. What new can be said about "The Godfather"? It's justifiably on the short list of greatest movies ever. I suppose part of the reason is that from the source material you wouldn't expect even a good movie, and you'd definitely expect all the gangster movie cliches. Yet it's a great movie that…

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013

    ★½ Added

    Someone should have told Ben Stiller that movies about daydreamers should be fun.

    I enjoyed the trailer but despised the movie. How did that happen? The character of Walter Mitty is distant and unlikable from the opening scene. Soon he is forced to interact with some new bosses at work who are so unpleasant they actually seem to stink through the screen. Everything else is so precious and twee, playing up the ironic distance.

    Walter's quest is stupid and unbelievable.…

  • Her 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    I personally wasn't as enraptured by "Her" as most viewers are, but I can easily see why people love it. It's not a stupid movie at all, and what it does, it does well. It's intelligent and perceptive about the arc of relationships with all the ups and downs contained therein.

    The best science fiction illuminates the human condition, and by that yardstick this film is one of the best pure science fiction films in a long time. It's also…

  • Solomon Kane 2009

    ★★★½ Added

    It started to fade from memory almost as soon as it was over, but during the running time it was a perfectly serviceable fantasy epic. "Sword and sorcery" is as close as I can get to describe the genre, and if you're in the mood for that sort of movie, "Kane" should entertain.

    The opening scene was a little cheesy, and the ending features the now obligatory giant CGI monster, but everything in between was quite well done and entertaining.…

  • Day of the Dead 1985

    ★★★★★ Added

    Some of the acting is awful (especially by the bad guys), and most of the cheesy '80's synthesizer score is terrible, but I still think "Day Of The Dead" is a vastly underrated horror film with a great plot that builds expertly on the formula established by "Night Of The Living Dead" and "Dawn Of The Dead." The setting is now an underground bunker, and instead of cowering victims, it's a team of scientists and another team of military types,…

  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1978

    ★★ Added 1

    Truly on the short list of the worst films of all time and deservedly so, the use of Beatles music actually seems sacrilegious on some level, making the film seem even worse than it already is. Admittedly, the film is so odd that it is entertaining in a perverted way. It's less like watching a movie than rubbernecking near the scene of an accident.

    You could sit and make a long list of the terrible and weird things in this…

  • The Nutty Professor 1963

    ★★★★★ Added

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