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  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 2016

    ★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2016

    It's 145 minutes long, but it still could have used another hour or so to make me care about these characters (beyond reflexively caring about "the good guys", of course). Here's what I gathered: John Krasinsky's character has kids at home. James Badge Dale's character is the leader. Max Martini's character is identical to James Badge Dale's character, but not the leader. (Or possibly vice-versa. I swear I'm still not sure.) David Denman's character reads books. Pablo Schreiber's character is…

  • Warcraft

    Warcraft 2016

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jun, 2016

    I'd written this off until I saw it was directed by Duncan Jones. Bottom line: It's better than I expected from "a Warcraft movie" but worse than I expected from "a Duncan Jones movie."

    Making an aesthetically faithful live-action movie out of this IP probably wasn't the smartest idea, but I had a pretty good time watching it. So it looks cheap and the orcs are Transformers-level indistinguishable; how could they ever have done better given what they had to…

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  • 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.

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers 1992

    ★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2013

    A little dated and uneven, but fun. There's not quite enough screenplay to keep everyone in the (incredible!) cast busy, and it feels more like a long TV episode than a movie, but I would definitely watch that show.