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Matt has written 165 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    ★★★

    I laughed a few times (mostly at the scenes with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd), but I’m not sure why they didn’t just make more episodes of Between Two Ferns with all these people.

  • Filmworker

    Filmworker

    ★★★

    I’m guessing Stanley Kubrick didn’t get a ton of “World’s Greatest Boss” mugs on his birthday.

  • Jack of all Trades

    Jack of all Trades

    ★★★

    These filmmakers had two interconnected topics — the rise and fall of baseball cards as a speculative hobby, and the co-director’s father, who walked out on his family two weeks after the director’s bar mitzvah and never returned.

    Those are too big, meaty topics. Each could sustain their own feature. Because the two subjects are conflated in director Stu Stone’s mind — because his father was one of Canada’s biggest baseball card retailers before he sold the business and vanished — he…

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★★

    I watched this movie for the first time days after my dog died, and it gutted me.

    Then they sent me a Blu-ray and my daughter found it and wanted to watch it, so we put it on, and it was literally the day after I took her to Pre-K for the first time — and it gutted me all over again.

    WHY DO I KEEP WATCHING THIS MOVIE AT THE MOST EMOTIONALLY INOPPORTUNE TIMES?!?

  • Dolemite

    Dolemite

    ★★★

    Dolemite is released from prison to prove his innocence after being framed for a crime didn’t commit. (That’s how the penal system works, right?) Within minutes, he’s gunned down several people with a machine gun, which I’m almost certain is a crime? Then he goes back to his life of pimping and clubbing. At least one of those is illegal in the state of California too. Also, Dolemite is a karate master, but he kicks and chops people as if…

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    ★★★

    Watched with group filmmaker commentary; didn’t learn much but it was worth it for Schwarzenegger’s comment“This scene with the enlargement of the breasts was fantastic,” which is the most Arnold Schwarzenegger thing Arnold Schwarzenegger ever said.

  • Police Academy

    Police Academy

    ★★★

    I always wondered why they showed the sequels much more on TV than the original and now I know: The original, unlike the rest, was rated R, and so it had to be heavily edited for basic cable. And I mean heavily edited. Seeing it uncut for the first time some scenes were very surprising! 

    A lot of the humor has aged poorly, but some of it holds up surprisingly well. And I do love me The Goot.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★

    In baseball there’s a statistic called “wins above replacement”; it measures the value of any given player on a team by comparing them to an average or “replacement-level player” at the same position. A pitcher with a WAR of 5.0 is worth five additional wins to his team. Hobbs & Shaw is the movie version of a replacement-level player. It is adequate, but not exceptional. It’s the baseline version of what one of these movies should be.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6

    ★★★

    To this day, I do not fully understand how I get so little pleasure out of a movie where a car fights a tank, Luke Evans talks with absolute sincerity about his code of honor in a series of handsome distressed jackets, and Vin Diesel spends 35% of his scenes with his arms crossed so his muscles remain flexed and big at all times. It should not be scientifically possible for me to give this motion picture less than 12 stars. And yet here we are.

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

    ★★★

    Watching this sent me back to high school, and to impersonating Beavis and Butt-head incessantly in front of girls, and then I died of retroactive embarrassment. RIP me.

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    ★★★

    I didn’t feel differently. Even more than Vol. 1, Vol. 2 plays like a collection of Tarantino’s best and worst tendencies in almost equal measure.

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★

    AKA The Karate Man-Child.