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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

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

    A couple of missteps (one tiny; the other more glaring) in the last act aside, this movie is very nearly perfect entertainment: Lots of comedy, innovative action choreography, fun use of music, and moments of convention-skewering satire. My favorite movie of 2015 so far. Though he's mastered the genre, I'd love to see what Matthew Vaughn can do with a bigger budget and a less-cartoonish approach.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

    It has that Wes Anderson look-and-feel that you either love or hate (love, in my case), but blends it with darker, funnier humor than I expected and some masterfully subtle moments of heartbreak. Great movie, but I suppose it's not for everyone. And what a bummer that is.

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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.