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  • I Love You, Beth Cooper

    I Love You, Beth Cooper

    ★★½

    I remember seeing this back in 2009 and thinking, "it's not THAT bad". Beth Cooper carries a lot of the source novel's flaws to the screen (a proclivity for super crass PG-13 humour and a lead who oscillates between cute and creepy way too freely), but also many of its positives (high energy structure, some genuinely clever gags and a sweet, nostalgic underbelly that never feels forced). Look, in 2009 I thought this was highly disposable, but reasonably watchable.

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  • Idle Hands

    Idle Hands

    ★½

    I don't hate it. But, it's hard to find anything to really like.

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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo Del Toro's stance as a film-maker of immense storytelling prowess and visual creativity went mainstream with the release of this foreign gem in 2006. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, "Pan's Labyrinth" subscribes to fairy-tale archetypes cleverly, and delicately presents a little princess in need of escape from the evils of the world around her. Phenomenal creature design, cinematography and a screenplay that works as beguiling ethereal fantasy entertainment and an incisive commentary on the horrors of war. Sensational. If you haven't yet seen it, I urge you to rectify this gaping chasm in your viewing history.

  • 50 First Dates

    50 First Dates

    ★★★½

    Very sweet, understated rom-com with enough strong tomfoolery to attain cross-genre luster. Sandler and Barrymore have a tender chemistry (as also evidenced by 1998's otherwise overrated "The Wedding Singer"), with director Peter Segal attaining a nice balance between cute romantic staples, typical Happy Madison shenanigans and his amusing amnesia funded hook. Sandler and Barrymore are extraordinarily likable together and the Hawaiian setting is photogenically captured. A very affable popcorn flick.