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  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys

    ★★

    68 Arnold is back but unfortunately no one capable of writing a script that makes sense. A lot of timeline convolutions that would require a whiteboard to keep track of and somehow it becomes twisted around that, after four movies rooting for the guy, now John Connor is the baddie? I won’t go so far as to say Clarke is a bad actress but she bears no resemblance whatsoever to the badass embodied by Linda Hamilton in the glory days of this franchise.

  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation

    ★★★

    78 Some good bits but mostly ineffective. Bale is in surprisingly little of the movie. The hero sacrifice at the end lacked emotional punch. The action scenes were OK, but McG fucked up the emotional/character side.

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★

    87 “I dunno what the hell’s in there… but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is!” This remake of the 50’s film hews much closer to the original short story, in which the alien life form is able to shape change and mimic any creature it infects. So we not only get the dreadful isolation of these desperate men being trapped far from civilization in the frozen wastes of Antarctica with a monster, but they have no idea whom…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★½

    94 James Franco is amazing not only as the director here but in the starring role of Tommy Wiseau, one of the craziest accidental movie stars in the history of Hollywood. A mysterious guy with an inexplicable accent, Franco so fully commits to this ridiculous role I have no idea how the other actors could keep a straight face around him while making this. I dunno if any of this is real or not (did the Room really come to be due to Tommy’s unrequited crush on Greg?) but it makes for a hilarious story. Such fun.