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  • Stung

    Stung 2015

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2016

    Mutated wasps attack a garden party and the survivors hole up in an old mansion. For an indie film, it's shot really well and I give a lot of props to effects folks for the wasps, which are a very effective mix of practical puppets and CGI that actually look pretty great. There are some good moments of tension, but the problem is that they're sprinkled in a movie that's woefully short of a compelling plot and populated by weak…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2016

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

    Finally got around to watching Alex Garland's slick and cerebral science fiction drama and was very impressed with the tightly woven dialogue and a slow burning plot that gives just enough tension to keep the movie plowing steadily forward. It's a film about artificial intelligence that reminded me somewhat of The Machine, an earlier film that explores a lot of the same themes (though, while enjoyable, not quite as effectively). Alicia Vikander is wonderful as the android AI Ava, Oscar…

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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…