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matt has written 414 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Little Joe

    Little Joe

    ★★½

    Need me Seymour

  • 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.

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Angel Has Fallen

    ★★½

    This series finally falls victim to the current trend of psychoanalyzing its indestructible hero. Lord knows why anyone cares just what makes James Bond or Ethan Hunt tick, let alone a dude who just likes to eat bad guys like Mike Banning. Anyway the rest is competent but completely unremarkable. Lacks the delicious nasty streak and Cannon Group ripoff vibe of LONDON, and Butler doesn't even get close to going over the top, which is a real stunner considering he's got a lot of screen time in this with Nick Nolte.

  • Unforgettable

    Unforgettable

    ★★½

    I can think of at least one thing wrong with that title. Discussed on Episode 16 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Under Cover

    Under Cover

    ★★½

    A Cannon 21 Jump Street ripoff sounds tantalizing on paper but alas. Extra points for the Todd Rundgren score and for dealing with the lead's receding hairline.

  • The Dirty Dozen

    The Dirty Dozen

    ★★½

    No matter how many times I try, I simply can't forgive Aldrich or his film for the endless 90 minutes of training and setup. There's no reason all that characterization and humor couldn't have been put into the narrative while the guys are actually on the mission. For me a movie like this -- even with such an incredible cast -- thrives on economy more than anything else.

  • One Good Cop

    One Good Cop

    ★★½

  • Run

    Run

    ★★½

    An entire city is out to kill Patrick Dempsey and honestly can you blame them?

  • They Came to Cordura

    They Came to Cordura

    ★★½

    Pretty bumpy even by the standards of your usual late-Cooper straight-arrow lessons in masculinity and honor.

  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★½

    Congratulations you have made the baseline competent version of this film.

  • Far and Away

    Far and Away

    ★★½

    "Okay here we go. She hits the berg on the starboard side, right? She kind of bumps along punching holes like Morse code, dit dit dit, along the side, below the water line. Then the forward compartments start to flood. Now as the water level rises, it spills over the watertight bulkheads, which unfortunately don't go any higher then E-deck. So now as the bow goes down, the stern rises up. Slow at first, then faster and faster until finally…

  • Abduction

    Abduction

    ★★½

    Worth it for both the astonishingly bad digital work, seriously it's almost BIRDEMIC-level awful, and for Scott Adkins' amazing jacket.