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  • Explorers

    Explorers 1985

    ★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    I wanted to like this film. It has all the ingredients of an Amblin-like '80s gem that thirty-somethings should be nostalgic for and watching with their kids (which I did). However, solid first and second acts are irrevocably marred by what follows in the film's goofy and odd conclusion that's a major letdown to an intriguing build-up. My son was pretty engaged up until this point as well. In this way, Explorers reminded me of Wall-E, and what a masterful…

  • Escape Plan

    Escape Plan 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2015

    A surprisingly engaging R-rated action film with main characters you actually want to root for and a single-location plot premise that doesn't bore you with labyrinthine story exposition. Why can't there be more of these?

    I'd say it's Stallone's best non-franchise performance in 20 years (Cliffhanger). Even Schwarzenegger does the best within his abilities here to bring something to his role beyond a caricature of himself.

    With its earnest efforts to be a simple, stand-alone action movie, Escape Plan is much more satisfying than The Expendables films, which are all too self-aware to keep you interested beyond their mere novelty.

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  • Beauty Day

    Beauty Day 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    Cheel is Canada's next star filmmaker and this is proof - one of the best films of 2011. Would love to see what he could do with a feature-length fictional film. Looking forward to How to Build a Time Machine!

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014

    Astonishingly ambitious. Nolan achieves what shouldn't be possible and crafts together monumental ideas about space, time and humanity in an extremely satisfying way. I don't care if Zimmer's score drowns out a bit of dialog here and there. This film is epic on all counts - an intense, emotional, thrilling science-fiction masterpiece.