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  • Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery

    Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery 2015

    ★★★ Added

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

    In this moving historical melodrama, the son of a Holocaust survivor (Gene Simmons) joins forces with a deformed man (Paul Stanley), a union buster (Tommy Thayer) and a little person (Eric Singer) to investigate a terrifying phantom apparently haunting a local amusement park.

    The group, calling themselves K.I.S.S. (Knights In Santa's Service), crosses paths with another team of paranormal investigators, led by a gigantic talking dog (Frank Welker) and his homosexual human lover (Matthew Lillard). The two groups of characters…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist 1973

    ★★★★★ Added

    Still a pretty amazing film. You have to wonder how different it would be if it was produced today. The first hour is very slow compared to modern horror movies. I even suspect that police investigator Kinderman would be cut from the film entirely, since his subplot really goes nowhere. And one key death probably would have taken place onscreen instead of off.

    But the slow build really helps to sell the entire story. This film goes the extra mile…

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me 2014

    ★★★ Added

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

    A strange movie, much like a rejected Saturday Night Live sketch that accidentally fell into a vat of radioactive waste and emerged as a feature length dramedy.

    SNL often has sketches where the premise is that a weird person is hosting a local TV show. This film seems like an extension of that basic idea, except the joke here is that the host is a mentally deranged woman who won the lottery, and is using her wealth to put on…

  • The Skeleton Twins

    The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★ Added

    It’s a novelty to see former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig playing siblings in an indie dramedy. The trouble is that their world is every bit as phony as the most contrived farce. As soon as I saw Wiig was taking SCUBA diving lessons from a hunky instructor, I instantly knew they would be having an affair. Then that subplot plays out in the blandest way imaginable.

    The only genuine surprise in the whole film was…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four 2015

    ★★½ Added

    Not nearly as horrible as people are making it out to be. Not any worse than the other FF movies, I would say. A little better, at least as far as special effects are concerned. There are some good aspects, and I could see that it had some potential.

    I quite enjoyed the first half hour or so. I liked the slow build, and the overall look of the film. Everything up to Reed Richards' escape from Area 51 was…

  • Vacation

    Vacation 2015

    ★★ Added

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

    I didn't hate "Vacation", but I wanted to like a whole lot more than I did. And it's not horrible. I chuckled a half-dozen times or so, which is actually a pretty good ratio compared to many other modern comedies I've seen.

    The cast is good, and the film seems to be made with a lot of affection for the original series. I have great love for the "Vacation" films as well, so we are definitely on the same wavelength…

  • Faults

    Faults 2014

    ★★★★½ Added

    A highly recommended, suspenseful, character driven drama.

    There was a very influential author named Syd Field, and he wrote several best-selling books on screenplay writing. It's been said that Field may be the one to blame for the fact that most movies seem so formulaic. So, for audiences who are getting a little tired of predictable films, "Faults" seems especially noteworthy.

    It's been so long since I've seen a movie where, two-thirds of the way through, I still didn't know…

  • Jaws

    Jaws 1975

    ★★★★★ Added

    This is an old favorite, and hard to look at with fresh eyes. But it's undeniably one of the greatest films ever made. Truly top notch cinema, "Jaws" has it all. Great direction, story, acting, and editing. It has thrills, chills, laughs, suspense, and genuine emotion. You can practically smell the saltwater air. It's hard to find any flaws with this immensely entertaining and transporting experience that still holds up well.

    One of the great things about "Jaws" is that…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★ Added

    Serviceable but underwhelming. You can practically feel the film makers and cast trying to make the most of the material, but honestly, the material felt inherently weak IMHO.

    Ant-Man has a cool looking costume, and the concept of a shrinking hero is interesting. But the comedy isn't very funny, and Ant-Man isn't very heroic. There's a long set up in the first half, and, almost as soon as he gets the suit, a long training montage begins as he prepares…

  • Serpico

    Serpico 1973

    ★★★½ Added

    Not as great as I remembered it, but still a decent film. The few times Pacino turns it up to 11 are entertaining. It's an important true story about police corruption and one man who was truly fighting an uphill battle against a very powerful system. Pacino's hair and beard look great, effectively giving the feeling that lots of time is passing.

    The movie overall felt a little ordinary and workmanlike. This can be a plus for those who dislike…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

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

    Great, great film. Interesting and intelligent story expertly told. Good acting by a good cast. Excellent production value for what was reportedly a low budget. It's so strange to see a science fiction film for grownups that isn't pretentious and overdone. And it's so weird to see any sort of science fiction film that doesn't rely on explosions, shakycam, bombastic sound, and the usual CGI heavy jumping/flying around climactic battle.

    This is a fascinating story, almost like a theatrical play…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    Added 1

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

    This movie got very good reviews. I can't imagine why. I can only surmise that most movie critics and average audiences don't really like horror movies as a rule, so when one comes along that is different and arty, they tend to go a bit overboard with their praise. I thought "It Follows" was so bad it made my head hurt. It is hard to remember the last time I saw a film this terrible.

    It's fairly well cast, the…