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Matt has written 40 reviews for films during 2012.

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

    ★½

    What is this thing? A supernatural soap opera? A spoof of a soap opera? A goofy horror comedy? A terrifying monster movie? Correct answer: none of the above. It's a goddamn mess. Ugh.

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★½

    The very thing most people will praise about the movie -- Hooper recorded the singing live on the set, instead of using the prerecorded tracks -- is one of the biggest problems. These songs are beautiful, and very hard to sing. Which means you've got some talented people straining their asses off to hit these notes while the camera is just inches from their faces. The live-on-set aesthetic also creates a sort of sameness over more than two and a…

  • Bad 25

    Bad 25

    ★★★★

    Not bad. Watch the long version. Shamon, just watch the long version.

  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ★★★★½

    I like the negative reviews that say things like "I'd be shocked to learn that the circumstances were as simplistic or deterministic as they are here." Guess what? They were! Viva humanity!

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

    ★★★

    This HAS to be the most werewolf-on-baby love and brutal decapitations ever depicted in a PG-13 movie. And if it's not, I'd like to see the movie that beats it, because it must be AWESOME.

  • Safe House

    Safe House

    ★½

    Forget Petraeus: the existence of this movie is the biggest CIA scandal of the year.

  • Red Hook Summer

    Red Hook Summer

    ★★

    "Only thing we're going to get out of this case is an empty feeling."

  • The Invisible War

    The Invisible War

    ★★★★

    Didn't realize I was watching this on Veterans Day. Appropriate timing.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★

    A worthwhile bit of lunacy. And that's the straight true-true.

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    ★½

    If you want to die another day, you might want to skip this movie. It's so bad it could kill you. #hack #horriblejokes #its3amandImstillworking

  • A View to a Kill

    A View to a Kill

    ★★½

    Better than its reputation, and better than I remembered. Two stars for Christopher Walken as maybe the best non-Blofeld villain the series ever had. A half-star for the lines "Wow! What a view..." "...to a kill!"

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★½

    A much more peculiar film than I remembered. There's a LOT of poker playing in here, and an interesting dreamlike quality to the scenes immediately after it -- as if Bond is dead and he's in some sort of strange purgatory. Probably overrated on first viewing by a lot of people just because it was serious and well-made and not the Bond Ice Capades, but it's still pretty solid.