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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★ Watched 05 May, 2016

    56/100

    Long, predictable, and curiously low stakes for what is supposed to be such a gut-punching storyline. Just stuffed with things and people and big speeches about boring things, it unsuccessfully tries to marry the light ensemble comedy of the Avengers movies with the more serious-minded Cap films, and it just comes out the other side as a lumpy heap of Things That Happen. The only spark of life is when Spider-Man and Antman are on hand.

    The action scenes…

  • Han Gong-ju

    Han Gong-ju 2013

    ★★★ Watched 04 May, 2016

    58/100

    This was on course to be somewhere in the 70 range for about two-thirds of the running time - a sensitive, well-sketched portrait of a victim of sexual abuse who is not just waiting for that special someone to say the right things and be magically cured; she's alternating between coping, lashing out, hanging on, and reaching out.

    But then the ending. The ending is a slap in the face to everything that comes before, both wantonly cynical and…

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A victim of people ignoring the "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche, this is a vital, paradoxically life-affirming splatter film with a stong eye for absurdist detail. It's high school with Uzis and exploding neckbraces.

    It's probably best to start with the facts, address the rumors. Yes, it's about 44 young Japanese high schoolers, placed on a remote island and forced to hunt each other until only one is left alive. Yes, it's violent and very bloody. Yes,…

  • Redbelt

    Redbelt 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2013

    73/100

    The final two minutes, basically, really really annoyed me, and rudely splashed water in the face of my burgeoning "Holy shit this is actually pretty damn good for what I assumed was just going to be your typical Karate Kid template underdog fight picture, but with a lot more fucks, double-crosses and Rebecca Pidgeon" excitement.

    But the rest of it is aces. Clever plotting keeps the wheels well hidden, covered by looser scene construction (like the gun accident, with…