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  • John Carter

    John Carter

    ★★★

    A deeply flawed film by a good filmmaker who has been greatly buffeted by his Pixar peers.
    Technically, the film is brilliant. The world is fantastic, the effects are beautiful.

    But it seems Stanton spent too much time perfecting minute details to step back, take it all in and see if anyone would care.

    - Taylor is a great actor IN THE RIGHT ROLE. This was the wrong role. His charisma and character are quiet & smirking. This film demands a…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★

    Absolutely terrible.
    One of the most tripe and terrible Hollywood films I've seen in the past 5 years. This film makes Spiderman 3 look positively shiny in comparison.
    The blame does not lay squarely on Marc Webb's shoulders, but on the screen-writers and the studio they are enslaved to. Piles and piles of absolutely unrealistic and random expositional circumstances, 3d modeled animations of the villains secret plan, 'crazy' scrawlings on the wall of his 'lair' that he somehow constructed in…

  • Animal Kingdom

    Animal Kingdom

    ★★★★

    Exquisitely tense, slow-moving drama - always threatening to turn into an all-out explosion of violence that never quite materializes.
    J is an begrudging protagonist - silently taking blow after emotional blow - seemingly never snapping.

    I am thankful that the director mostly shied away from explicit violence - instead showing the creeping toll of parents' evil on their children . . .