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  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★½

    47/100

    filmreviews12.com review. Emily Blunt is very good at the start, but as the screenplay unravels, so does her performance, and she drowns into the background like the rest of the movie. There's nothing driving the story, and as jumbled as it is, the movie becomes nondescript, predictable, and boring. It also doesn't help that it appears to have been shot through gray dishwater.

  • King Cobra

    King Cobra

    ★★½

    50/100

    It's fine, but it has no real reason to exist, only choosing to bring its lurid real-life origins to the screen for... what reason exactly? The film is certainly ever advantageous enough to explain why it's trying to dig into its source in such a overly drippy and melodramatic way, and doesn't come close to justifying its allowance of James Franco's weird, ongoing fetishization of queer culture coming with 100 yards of the camera.

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  • The Interview

    The Interview

    So I was able to sneak a look at the finished film, and I have to say that it is absolutely...

    Hang on, I think I hear someone pulling up outside. Be right back.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    82/100

    Engrossing and skeevy, Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, is an uncomfortable but obsessive and deeply fascinating look at what TV news could be under the surface of well lit sets and playful banter. Jake Gyllenhaal is spellbinding, a transformation both physical and psychological that should have been nominated for the Oscar. The rest of the cast -- like Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed -- are great. Gilroy's script is solid, but characters feel underdeveloped, although in the grand scheme of things, detachment is minimal.