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  • Breakable You

    Breakable You

    ★★

    One of the most interestingly flawed films I've seen in a good while.

    There's some fun to a movie which, like many good plays, is entirely unpredictable not only act-to-act, but even in scene-to-scene. We may jump months ahead in the course of a cut, with little indication of this change until the characters suddenly drop a phrase like "we've been doing this for months", "I thought we settled this weeks ago", etc.

    However, unlike most plays, the movie follows…

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    ★★½

    It's okay, especially considering that I've never seen either of the preceding films in full. It carries with it a lot of the issues that plague the final films in young adult adaptations: it's severely overlong and substitutes continual action for real moments of character development. However, it's okay looking (it's the same DP who did 'Predators' and the latest 'Jumanji' film) and the action is usually pretty well directed, plus all the acting is pretty decent, even when the…

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  • First House on the Hill

    First House on the Hill

    Shows that even if a horror movie is full of super cool visuals, without real atmosphere or interesting characters or good dialogue or an engaging plot, it can still end up being an enormous slog to get through. I get what its trying to do, but man, this thing was tedious and I couldn't even begin to really start caring about anything going on.

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★½

    Exactly middle-of-the-road, both preciously and surprisingly. It improves on the first one in so many ways, and this is also an enormous step up from Johannes Roberts' prior film, '47 Meters Down' (which I think might get slyly winked to here). This is an enormously watchable flick, one that isn't really saying anything but is not saying anything so perfectly that you occasionally just can't help not caring.

    This film clearly wants to just place itself in the grand tradition…