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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★★ Added 1

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

    Serviceable entertainment, closer to "Piranha 3D" than "Jaws" or even "Open Water."

    The ocean looks quite beautiful. The surfing scenes are fun. Blake Lively does a decent job of acting. Her ability to scream underwater and not let out any air from her lungs was remarkable. The shark special effects are enjoyable, and there are a few good scenes of action and suspense.

    There's just not a lot going on. It's basically a survival tale that feels like an extended…

  • The Wave

    The Wave 2015

    ★★★ Added

    The setup was better than the aftermath, but for the most part this low budget disaster movie was entertaining. Not essential viewing, though.

  • The Boy

    The Boy 2016

    ★★★ Added

    So close to greatness, but falls short due to a messy third act.

    Overall I enjoyed it, mainly because of the old-school gothic horror plot and an appealing performance by Lauren Cohan as Greta, a young woman hired to be a nanny for a very strange child.

    I thought the second act of "The Boy" was exceptionally entertaining as the story builds and Greta's attitude changes. The film also does a commendable job keeping the viewer guessing if the happenings…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★ Added 1

    Some will like it, others will love it, but for me personally the time has come to admit to myself that I'm just not feeling Charlie Kaufman's work. I suspect it's more my fault that Kaufman's.

    "Anomalisa" is a technical achievement in stop-motion animation and certainly captures the little incidental moments of life in a realistic manner. Subtle facial expressions and body language is accurately captured, along with feelings of loss and love. The details are so fine that I…

  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People 2015

    ★★★½ Added

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

    I had some problems with it, but overall I think "They Look Like People" is a worthy watch. The more I think back on the movie in its entirety, the more my opinion improves. It may actually be a better movie than I'm giving it credit for.

    "They Look Like People" is a no-budget feature that mixes mild observational comedy with psychological horror, which makes it sorta unique in the horror/comedy subgenre. And for the most part it treads the…

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★★★ Added

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

    I'M not going to spoil it, but I think it is a spoiler to point out that the movie poster for "The Witch" ITSELF is a spoiler. Because of the poster, I figured out the twist far too early in the film. It's still a good movie that kept me interested throughout and was well worth watching, but because of the unfortunate spoiler, a considerable amount of surprise was lost for me personally.

    I also didn't think it was very…

  • Southbound

    Southbound 2015

    ★★½ Added

    Decently produced, but too much reliance on "dream logic" for my tastes.

    As for the anthology segments, #2 "Siren" about the female rock band and the broken down van was pretty good, and #3 "The Accident" about a road injury was the best, with some very squirm worthy moments. But again, the "dream logic" often means that realism goes out the window and satisfying endings to the stories are mostly absent.

    Right now, one aspect of this movie seems to…

  • TRON

    TRON 1982

    ★★½ Added

    Even at 12, I realized that "TRON" was not a very good movie overall, but it holds a lot of nostalgic appeal for me personally. I think the visuals are still striking and unusual, and the effects hold up pretty well after so many years.

    The flickery black and white faces of the actors surrounded by the brightly colored neon lines of their costumes and environments is such a cool combination of retro and future style, I never get tired…

  • The Equalizer

    The Equalizer 2014

    ★½ Added

    Slickly produced, with a few moments of semi-interesting ultra violence in the first half. But ultimately I thought "The Equalizer" (played by a bored, seemingly ageless Denzel Washington) was mean-spirited and predictable garbage.

    "The Equalizer" seemed to be a movie for meatheads, containing more than a few cheesy moments. Hey, sometimes cheeseburgers can be tasty if not nutritious, but IMHO this was not a tasty or nutritious cheeseburger. Maybe if your action movie standards are very low, or you are…

  • Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

    Orion: The Man Who Would Be King 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

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

    Fascinating and very well made documentary about a person who has, up to this point, been an obscure pop culture footnote.

    In the late 1970's and early 1980's, there was a brief spate of semi-serious conjecture that rock and roll icon Elvis Presley didn't really die in 1977 at the age of 42, but instead faked his death to escape the pressures of fame.

    A few years after Presley's passing, a masked Southern singer with a voice that sounded eerily…

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★★½ Added

    Good, not great in my humble opinion. Overall it was enjoyable and decent fun. The cutting edge special effects make this worth a watch, and for fans of the original 1967 cartoon, there's nothing quite like seeing a photo-realistic bear singing "The Bare Necessities." It may be too intense for younger kids, though. Older kids and many adults should find it very entertaining, I think.

    Jon Favreau just seems to lack some essential element that separates a competent director from…

  • Black Mass

    Black Mass 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    "Black Mass" does have the ghost of Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" (as well as dozens of other gangster films) hanging over it, but the true story told here is so unbelievable it would surely be rejected as fiction for being too implausible. Three friends grow up in South Boston, one of them becoming an FBI agent, another a state Senator, and the third a ruthless gang leader. The agency and the mob boss form a secret relationship... with predictable results.…