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  • No Way Out

    No Way Out 1987

    ★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2016

    The movie where everyone sucks.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    Everyone seems to be having a ton of fun (especially the Coens, who almost certainly made this movie to entertain themselves, others liking it being a bonus) and there are some genuinely excellent set-pieces. Once the tone of the film is established, the whole thing because much more enjoyable (which begs for a re-watch). It's a love-letter to an era (old Hollywood) that people seem to look back on with glasses that are SO rose-tinted that the glasses are opaque…

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    Right up there with some of the great sieges in cinematic history.

  • Johnny English

    Johnny English 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    Quite fun!

    I have, over the years, become increasingly convinced that Rowan Atkinson isn't in enough movies.

  • Cartel Land

    Cartel Land 2015

    ★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    The only thing that really impressed me (and it REALLY impressed me) was the level of access achieved by filmmaker Matthew Heineman.

    The problem is, unlike films like Act of Killing, this is just telling people what they already know. On the one hand I love that he refused to make anyone truly sympathetic (in fact, this is one of the most neutral films I've seen) and chose simply to shoot it all.

    The film feels fake and it is,…

  • Sunset Rock

    Sunset Rock 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016

    A genuinely thought-provoking and impressive indie debut (with a 500 dollar budget), featuring an obvious standout (in Megan Baim), among a fairly solid cast, especially considering the circumstances. Themes of fame and its validity (specifically in the internet age) are handled well and with authority, alongside a fairly compelling romantic story.

    Sunset Rock doesn't overstay its welcome, nor does it feel rushed and, even when you subtract the fact that it's a micro-budget debut, it's better than most films of its type.

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  • Mustang

    Mustang 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2016

    The cast is so real that its hard to believe. So much more than just the Turkish Virgin Suicides (which is something I've been reading far too often). Yes, it shares qualities, but it's so much bigger than that.

    Full review for CinemaNerdz!

  • Bolt

    Bolt 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2016 3

    "You know, when I was little, I wanted a bicycle for my birthday, but my parents got me a baseball glove. So you know what I did? I pretended that baseball glove was a bicycle. And rode it to school every day."

    You know, I don't normally post quotes in my reviews but, my god, this might be the most hilarious and insane line in the history of Disney movies. Bolt obviously isn't a classic, but the voice cast is…

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2016

    Salacious Crumb is Gremlins.

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    Gremlins is Salacious Crumb.

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  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Kung Fu Panda 3 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jan, 2016 4

    Supposedly they are making 3 more of these and, if they continue the trend of being stylistically awesome homages to Chinese martial arts flicks, packed with laughs and buckets of heart, then I hope they add another 6 to the books.

    Most actors are seemingly born to play a particular role during their career; a role that no one else could have played. Jack Black has two in School of Rock and the KFP series.

  • Key Largo

    Key Largo 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    "ROCCO! ROCCO!"

    This is my favorite Edward G Robinson performance, my own name (which I don't get the pleasure of hearing in films very often) gets tossed around at machine-gun pace, the dialogue is poetic (if, at times, casually racist), and Bogie and Bacall have chemistry even when they don't even really try to. I also just love Huston's style. His close-ups are great. I also think it's pretty hilarious that Claire Trevor won an Oscar for this movie, though it isn't nearly as ridiculous as Dorothy Malone's '57 win for Written on the Wind.

  • Smoke

    Smoke 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    Actor's delight. The writing and direction are both above average, but it's the acting clinic put on my Keitel, Hurt, Whitaker, and co. that make me regret never picking this movie up for 5 bucks at a CVS (where it sat for YEARS next to Kingpin and The Full Monty). Two scenes are particularly memorable and the end credits are beautiful.