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  • American Mary 2012

    ★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    Curiously titled, given that it's made in Canada, by Canadians, and doesn't seem to have anything to say about America. But for quite a while it's very engaging, following an amusingly detached heroine as she is driven out of medical school while finding a more immediately rewarding - and cinematic - avenue for her talents.

    I think the moment when it starts going wrong is when she sets up shop in her own apartment, and has a giant lug on…

  • Horns 2013

    ★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    Alexandre Aja is a bit of a weird fit for this, coming from a background of gorefests and here making a largely bloodless movie about character and mystery, where people express their buried hostilities without the filters imposed by having to function in a civilized world. So there's some hilarity, some pain, some insanity, a little something for everybody.

    Working against it: much of the story unfolds in lengthy flashbacks, some of which lead to little payoff while we're waiting…

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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    One thing everybody's gotta respect out of the gate - this is one of the most audacious and committed moviemaking stunts I have ever heard of. It is some holy-shit amazingness on that level. But does it work as a movie?

    Shit yeah it does. Eh, maybe that's just me - I've got like, four nephews who are at about the age where Mason starts out in this movie, and seeing 12 years of growth from a kid that age…

  • Predators 2010

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Feb, 2015 1

    Robert Rodriguez had been threatening to make a third Predator movie for so long, I can remember a time when I was actually excited by the prospect of a Predator movie from Robert Rodriguez. Fortunately for the most part he keeps his gimmicky gloves (probably with guns popping out of the gloves) off of this and sits back as a producer.

    Predators at once gives us a couple of good twists and a pulpily appealing new scenario (a collection of…