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  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    When his parents' killer is released from prison, Dwight leaves his vagabond life and embarks down a dark spiral of revenge. This is a very cool thriller where the tension just seems to subtly increase throughout the whole film. Macon Blair is very effective as Dwight, mostly because of his portrayal of the protagonist as a sort of weak everyman who it's clear is in over his head and has opened a door he wasn't prepared to go through. And…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Going into a reboot/remake like this, you have to get that new RoboCop, a played-for-straight action flick, will not ever be the same type of film as the movie that it comes from, Paul Verhoeven's hyper-violent yet strangely fun science fiction allegory. Fundamentally, that's why trying to compare these two films is pointless, and why I was able to enjoy this as much as I did.

    I think 80's Robocop is a more enjoyable and important film, but I think…

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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 reportedly contains 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…