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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Jun, 2015

    If Sofia Coppola directed a sci-fi film and had it scored by Trent Reznor, it would basically be Ex Machina. This is a really good movie, though I don't think it's must-see (unless you, like me, are curious about Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac's chemistry leading into The Force Awakens). Good stuff; I just wanted it to go a little further.

  • One Chance

    One Chance 2013

    ★★ Watched 22 May, 2015

    Hugely charming performances by the leads, but this movie relies on them too much and, ultimately, the clumsy screenplay left me feeling like I'd wasted my time. All the calamities were probably taken from real life (they must have been, otherwise there's no excuse for including *all* of them) but the screenwriter's job was to know which ones served the story and to leave the rest out. By the third hospital visit, I was hoping Paul wouldn't make it --…

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  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II 2000

    ★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2011

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

    Finally got around to the last M:I movie I hadn't seen. It was way better than I expected, but the ridiculous John Woo BS was actually worse than I thought. Way worse. Throw in the horrible overuse of the mask gimmick, and I think the bad surprises cancel out the good ones.

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    I think the distracting time-jumpy structure distracted the screenwriter most of all, because the characters here are all over the place. What's on the screen is actually pretty good, but it feels like a few scenes got cut accidentally and -- with three separate timelines going on -- no one noticed until it was too late. Pretty ballsy to start off with the central character demanding you pay close attention and then reward that attention with ... this movie.