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matt has written 424 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Seven Psychopaths

    Seven Psychopaths

    ★★½

    is this a response to overdetermined violent metathrillers? i'm probably stupid & missing something but this annoyed me.

  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    ★★½

    probably would work a little better as one of Roger's but weirdly feels like it wishes it starred James Garner.

  • Crocodile Dundee

    Crocodile Dundee

    ★★½

    “Americo-Australianian relations are at an all-time low. As I’m sure you remember, in the late 1980s, the U.S. experienced a short-lived infatuation with Australian culture. For some bizarre reason, the Aussies thought this would be a permanent thing. Of course, it wasn’t.”

  • Resident Evil: Afterlife

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    ★★½

    pretty fun but i'm calling it for RETRIBUTION; this one is (intentionally, i think) funnier but has a big dead spot in the middle and way too much "plot".

  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    ★★½

    guileless or insipid? you make the call!

  • End of Watch

    End of Watch

    ★★½

    sincere but basic cable-grade melodrama mostly busies itself setting up dominos on the dumbest fucking cops on Earth.

  • Death Race

    Death Race

    ★★½

    all Anderson really has is his eye, especially if he holds a shot for more than two goddamn seconds. this looks like crap though, all grey and brown and shakycam. action occasionally has some spark but gets monotonous fast. too bad.

  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    ★★½

    gets a pass for being mean and wet. nice touch stealing the ending of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD.

  • Shopping

    Shopping

    ★★½

    dangerously close to imitating early 80s Walter Hill but succumbs to vacant, self-serious nihilism. all aimless anger and no fun.

  • The New Barbarians

    The New Barbarians

    ★★½

    you'd have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a little kick out of this but it doesn't hold a candle to much more single-mindedly stupid ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX.

  • The Day

    The Day

    ★★½

    sorta like a DTV sequel to THE ROAD.

  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe

    ★★½

    white trash TEOREMA.