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matt has written 307 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Little Joe

    Little Joe

    ★★½

    Need me Seymour

  • Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns

    Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns

    ★★★½

    At nearly 16 hours long, just imagine everything you'll get back if you watch this backwards.

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★½

    As tepid, self-satisfied and annoyingly deadpan as you'd expect from a mumbly indie comedy that threatens to skewer violent masculine identities, lately one of the softest of available targets. But at least you get to see Jesse Eisenberg get the shit kicked out of him.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    "And that's what almost killed you."

    Obsession, love, grief, outer space: all the same airless, psychic crucibles, the scariest environments imaginable.

  • Enough

    Enough

    ★★★½

    An exceptionally sturdy exploitation movie. Way to do the thing. Discussed on Episode 18 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Deceived

    Deceived

    I was deceived into thinking this would be good, har har. Discussed on Episode 18 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    ★★

    The towels...are not what they seem. Discussed on Episode 18 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Anna

    Anna

    ★★

    Besson apparently saw ATOMIC BLONDE and figured he had a fiduciary duty to Europacorp shareholders to rip it off. Anyway this is a virtual remake of NIKITA perked up a little bit with a really wearisome time-shifting structure, complete with constant dipshit references to matryoshka dolls. Is this worth sitting through for the one very good action sequence about 40 minutes in? I dunno, but it's not worth sitting through for the really gross surface-level female empowerment stuff coming from a guy who knocked up a 15-year-old girl he met when she was 12.

  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge

    ★★★½

    Historically inaccurate to the point of absurdity but who cares when you've got bizarro plot threads like Robert Shaw -- for all intents and purposes the main character -- as a committed Nazi soldier struggling both with an inept military bureaucracy and his own demoralized troops, Henry Fonda: Battle Detective, Telly Savalas playing a black-marketeer named "Guffy", and a lengthy men-on-a-mission subplot about the bad guys? That's not even bringing up the tremendous toy tank action on display here, nor the long stretches of this that play out in dialogue between two morally conflicted parties. Parts of it are downright Tarantino-esque.

  • H.M.S. Defiant

    H.M.S. Defiant

    ★★★

    "I love how these people get around boats and water, and all of a sudden everything becomes fuckin' nautical! Astern! Avast, ye landlubbers! Man the bilge pumps! Pump your fuckin' ass!" -- Joe Pesci

  • The Passing

    The Passing

    ★★★½

    Frequently breaks its DIY spell for bouts of tantalizing bare-bones computer phantasmagoria and truly stomach-churning brutality before landing on a note of real ambivalence and melancholy. Sneaks up on you.

  • Zombi Child

    Zombi Child

    ★★★½

    Reclamation.