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  • Harbinger Down

    Harbinger Down 2015

    ★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2016

    The crew of a crabbing ship picks up an old Russian space capsule that's infected with monster goo. That synopsis sounds more interesting than the actual movie, which has a pretty slow build-up and virtually zero likable or relatable characters. There's some decent practical monster effects, but they're mixed with some clunky CGI and photography, and it's all in service to an uninspired plot and a real snoozer of a creature feature. Lance Henriksen is looking haggard as hell here…

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2016

    I was one of the odd Star Trek fans that really liked the imaginativeness and potential of the reboot but walked away from Into Darkness nonplussed at the missed opportunity of that unexpected rehash chock-full of shoehorned action scenes. When it was revealed that Justin Lin, director of several Fast and Furious films, would helm the third installment, I was worried this would simply be yet another brainless actioner with the Star Trek logo slapped on.

    Thankfully, I was mistaken.…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014 1

    While a lot of people seem to be down on the first Captain America movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and was pretty interested to see the next entry in the franchise. The Winter Soldier is nothing less than a relentless action thrill ride with a heavy dose of intrigue thrown in. You can't say anything about this before recognizing how amazing the action setpieces are choreographed and shot - I've seen enough action movies to be jaded…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 May, 2014 1

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

    After the dud that was 1998's Godzilla (which I've seen but admittedly don't remember much about), I was understandably leery about another reboot of the classic Japanese mega-monster franchise. But the trailers promised something interesting - a dark modern monster movie that just might live up to the hype. Turns out I should have listened to my gut the first time around.

    The first warning sign is when Bryan Cranston, who is a tad hammy but is nonetheless the most…