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matt has written 367 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Mobsters

    Mobsters

    ★★

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE EARLY 90's. Miserably understylized except for the brief flashes in which it's apparent that someone saw "an old gangster movie" once. Almost worth it for the stacked supporting cast, running the gamut from Michael Gambon and Anthony Quinn to a very young Titus Welliver (as Al Capone of all things) and all the way to Robert Z'Dar.

  • Blink

    Blink

    ★★

    I'm convinced that at one point this was a more nuanced story of a woman realizing that she's being exploited and coerced by one shitty man after another, but then everyone decided to make a drab, convoluted junk thriller instead. Mission accomplished!

    Discussed on Episode 32 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Bloodshot

    Bloodshot

    ★★

    An interminable callback to the mid-budget comic book adaptations of the 90's. Like, not even as good as BARB WIRE. Vin Diesel has perhaps never been worse, even given the low bar.

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★

    At one point an alleged male ally to these young women pulls the whole "Not All Men" thing and then one of the women goes "Did you just Not All Men me?" and I'm there just thinking "I can't believe this felt like it was a good idea to have characters use the phrase Not All Men in any context at all." I fully admire the attempt to make a slasher movie that isn't visually and psychically dedicated to picking…

  • Guns Akimbo

    Guns Akimbo

    ★★

    Wants to be CRANK, is closer to SHOOT EM UP. Samara Weaving innocent.

  • Death Wish V: The Face of Death

    Death Wish V: The Face of Death

    ★★

    Both stars exclusively for a terrifically unhinged Michael Parks performance.

  • Domestic Disturbance

    Domestic Disturbance

    ★★

    I'd have preferred an entire movie about Buscemi's character. Discussed on Episode 27 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    ★★

    One thing Noah Hawley and Natalie Portman have in common is that I have always thought that they both mostly suck, congratulations to me for being such a smarty.

  • Cat Chaser

    Cat Chaser

    ★★

  • Jake Speed

    Jake Speed

    ★★

    Ok now I remember why I was so disappointed with this as a kid.

  • The Juror

    The Juror

    ★★

    Never would have expected this to involve multiple trips to Guatemala and end in a Mayan temple. Discussed on Episode 23 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Romeo Is Bleeding

    Romeo Is Bleeding

    ★★

    Maybe this is meant as a deliberately heightened quasi-parody of thwarted stupid men in noir, but if so it's not nearly manic or exciting enough, with the exception of whenever Lena Olin is on screen. Should have made a dozen Mona Demarkov movies. Discussed on Episode 22 of The Suspense is Killing Us.