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  • Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    ★★★

    What's commendable is the scale and and production design. This movie covers a lot of ground in an interesting period (Civil War). Almost too much ground.

    Something that is unavoidable to mention are the accents from Jude Law and (to a greater degree) Nicole Kidman. Jude Law at least has a good performance, but Nicole Kidman is just so drab and underwhelming to watch. Their chemistry at the beginning isn't very convincing either, although it does develop.

    The two leads…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    This was not as much an Alien movie as it was a movie about artificial intelligence.

    It starts off good, establishing characters under sad circumstances. Then it has some character doing some dumb things in order to move the story forward. It's basically a decent slasher for the first 30 minutes. Then Scott feels the need to put MORE backstory into the already convoluted Aliens history. BUT he doesn't include that much, instead, he focuses on what the AI robot,…

  • Once Upon a Time in Venice

    Once Upon a Time in Venice

    ★★

    Good up to the part where Bruce Willis is naked skateboarding. You can stop watching after that.

  • The Dark Tower

    The Dark Tower

    I've never read the books, I shouldn't have to in order to see the movie version. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was based off a bad YA novel rather than an extensive series of books from a renowned author.

    Everything in the trailer is basically everything in the movie. There are no surprises. The "Gunslinger" can shoot people really quickly. Why? The movie never says. Who made the Dark Tower to protect the Earth? Why can…

  • The Firm

    The Firm

    ★★★½

    Good build of suspense, even if it seems to go on for quite a while.

    The worst part of the movie is its tendency to repeat itself. Alright, we get it, Cruise is set up on both sides. He's got the mob and the Department of Justice forcing him to do stuff. It seems like they repeat that fact for a quite a bit of the movie. At least its interesting.

    Gene Hackman is never quite a good guy or…

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★

    While it's slow and seemingly routine, it is never boring and always interesting. The way Rita and Orson's characters slowly become committed to each other is exciting to watch.

    Of course, their relationship may be so convincing because Orson and Rita were married in 1943. In the movie, their relationship never fully comes to fruition. Coincidentally (and sadly) their relationship off screen would end the year this film was released. There's cold stares at one another in this movie: something…

  • Solace

    Solace

    ★★

    Had kind of a neat idea bout two psychics having a show down. But it wastes that idea with seemingly half the movie being cryptic messages.

    Boring characters on both sides and an out of place death scene in a hospital towards the middle of the movie. The movie is allowed to have shocking scenes and then rewind because its just Anthony Hopkins looking into the future. Almost as bad as "it was all a dream!!" sequences.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    This movie just barely raised a 6/10 to a 7/10, since its almost incomprehensible narrative is elevated by cool fight scenes and an ending that at least tries to pull every thing together.

    This is Charlize's movie through and through. It's clear from watching it that she practiced hard to get the fight scenes perfect without a stunt double. She not only fights good, but there is a coldness to her character that is played so well. So well in…

  • Man on Fire

    Man on Fire

    ★★★½

    This is a movie with a storyline so conventional, it could've been horrible. Luckily for the script, it doesn't rely entirely on just action and torture scenes.

    The best part of the movie is the first 50 minutes with Denzel and Dakota Fanning. Their chemistry is amazing. It's no surprise that Denzel said that while filming he'd forget Dakota was acting, because she gives one of the best child performances I've ever seen. The movie helps their relationship to the…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★

    A cool world, but all the human characters (minus Ethan Hawke for a few minutes) are boring.

    The two leads share zero chemistry. The opening of the movie has cool buildup for about 5 minutes, and then Laureline and Valerian show up onscreen. The energy vanishes. They are both totally devoid of personality, I wanted to look away from the screen.

    As if the acting wasn't bleak enough, Rihanna shows up to give another brain dead performance. Ironic because she…

  • Going in Style

    Going in Style

    ★★½

    I laughed consistently for the first 40 minutes, and it seems like the three leads have great chemistry. Then the laughs wear thin and the story shows how thin it really is.
    A predictable heist thriller with charming leads.

  • The Circle

    The Circle

    A bunch of scenes where Emma Watson kayaks and Tom Hanks is a stand in for Steve Jobs.
    Boring the whole way through, but at least its easy to laugh at.