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Matt has written 143 reviews for films during 2014.

  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★½

    Inspired by recent pieces about how this movie's been forgotten, I expected this movie to be a big old mess. Was really surprised what I found.

    screencrush.com/back-to-pandora-why-is-avatar-forgotten/

  • The Interview

    The Interview

    ★★★

    Actually, it's about ethics in celebrity journalism. Also:

    -Kim Jong-un doesn't come off *that* bad. As played by the very funny Randall Park he's kind of the most lovable guy in the movie (at least until he sort of flips out, somewhat understandably, given that people are trying to kill him and stuff). I'm not saying he should be, like, encouraging people to see it, but it's not a portrayal that's worth hacking people over.

    -Rogen and Goldberg are too…

  • The Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers

    ★★★★★

    Got to introduce my father-in-law to this movie; somehow he'd missed it all these years despite his love of cars and reckless car stunts. It went over very well--except for the parts where I was driving him crazy by quoting the dialogue along with the movie. He laughed hardest at the Nazis' car soaring past Sears Tower. That's my favorite part too.

  • Idiocracy

    Idiocracy

    ★★★★½

    This movie is so much better than I remembered it made my balls hurt and mutilated my thirst. Also it plays way less absurd and way more prescient than it did even nine years ago.

  • National Lampoon's Vacation

    National Lampoon's Vacation

    ★★★

    Holiday rooooAAAAOOOoooaaaoooaaaooooad. Holiday rooooAAAAOOOoooaaaoooaaaooooad.

    There's one scene here that now (and then too, frankly) is in such poor taste, where the Griswolds get lost on the "wrong side of town" and a bunch of African Americans steal their hubcaps and give them bad directions. It's just awful (on his commentary track, which was recorded at least a decade ago, Harold Ramis claimed he no longer would have put that scene in the movie; I can only imagine what he would…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Let's not pretend the old NINJA TURTLES was Chaucer. Whatever its roots in indie comics, it was silly, cheesy kids stuff. But at least it made sense in its own strange way. At least the designs were appealing. At least the vibe was poppy and enthusiastic. This new NINJA TURTLES makes zero sense, looks like garbage (or, in the case of Splinter, a giant, walking penis), and has all the energy of a coma patient. I can't wait until I…

  • A Haunted House 2

    A Haunted House 2

    ½

    If there's A HAUNTED HOUSE 3, I quit.

  • Non-Stop

    Non-Stop

    ★★★

    The funniest movie set on an airplane since AIRPLANE!

  • Top Five

    Top Five

    ★★★★

    The first great Chris Rock movie. Full review: screencrush.com/top-five-review-chris-rock/

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    It takes a lot to make a war
    And even then it’s a total bore
    An eagle here, a big orc there
    But so what dude, who really cares?
    Too many armies
    Too many armies
    Too many armies
    Too many armies
    Too many armies
    Too many armies
    Too many armies

    (REPEAT FOR TWO HOURS OR UNTIL TIME FOLDS IN ON ITSELF, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST)

  • Happy Christmas

    Happy Christmas

    ★★★½

    FYC: Jude Swanberg, Best Supporting Baby.

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    ★★

    Let my people go (see another movie). Full review at ScreenCrush: screencrush.com/exodus-gods-and-kings-review/