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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    While these prequels have largely failed to even flirt with the sturdy wonder and spectacle of the original trilogy, this final and best entry comes the closest to replicating at least some form of magic, drama, and excitement that's been sidelined all throughout this recent cash-grab of a series. What works here is the unvarnished bombast, a palpable urgency, and the hopscotch nature of the action sequences that finally deliver in spades. It's mostly gonzo, but it's a glorious bridge that Jackson thankfully gets right.

  • Top Five 2014

    Watched 18 Dec, 2014

    I call bullshit on most of this. Stitched together and messy, but nicely photographed and funny enough given how much is thrown at the wall. Wish the entire movie maintained at least half the energy of the time spent with Rock's family, a looseness that fades in and out in lesser effect throughout. All qualms aside, I'm mostly content here. And Rosario Dawson is fucking radiant.

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  • The Guest 2014

    Watched 16 Dec, 2014 3

    Not my idea of demented genre fun. Lazy direction (those actions scenes) and a thoroughly limp script. Dan Stevens' performance only a stone's throw away from the stoic psychopath turn Gosling has trademarked in the last few years. Doubles down on the brooding and tortured J.Crew looking protagonist as the conduit into military satire, but I never bought it for a second. Not enough narrative bite. More "hip" synth passing as style and the idea that Adam Wingard had more…

  • 3 Days to Kill 2014

    ½ Watched 21 Feb, 2014

    Steinfeld: "I don't even know how to ride a bike."

    Costner: "What kind of a kid doesn't know how to ride a bike?"

    Steinfeld: "The kind that doesn't have a father to teach her."

    The worst.