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  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

    Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Dec, 2016

    The first Dead Snow was a fun and gory outing with Nazi zombies in Norway, and its sequel is one of those rare follow-ups that manages to outshine its predecessor. The first film is a foreign language film that I watched with subtitles and really enjoyed, so it was a bit off-putting to me at first that everyone is speaking English here, not even dubbed, actually speaking it (on the Netflix cut anyway) - but I quickly got over it…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2016

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe chugs forward with the latest standalone entry, the origin story of the comic book wizard Doctor Strange. Marvel had to tread a fine line here between retaining a feel of magic and weirdness and making the film still believable enough that the end product didn't seem hokey or ridiculous. It's a winning effort that owes a large part of its success to Benedict Cumberbatch, who perfectly embodies the arrogant Strange - so well that in the…

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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…