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  • Final Destination 5

    Final Destination 5

    ★½

    Five years ago I got the bright idea of watching the five Final Destination movies and Resident Evil movies along with the remaining Saw movies I hadn’t seen one a year with the plan that I’d be done with them this year. Hollywood then went and made another Saw and Resident Evil movie last year, so that plan went out the window but I have now finished with the Final Destination series, which I’ve been pretty outspoken about being both…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The 1983 film The Right Stuff is considered to be a classic, one of the best films ever made about the space program and a successful adaptation of Tom Woolfe’s novel of the same name. It didn’t do great at the box office but critics loved it and it was nominated for eight Oscars and won four of them and its reputation hasn’t really diminished at all since then. There was, however, one person who was very decidedly not impressed…

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★½

    Man, what a misguided endeavor this whole Hobbit thing was. I’ve long maintained that the problems with this spinoff series run a lot deeper than the decision to split it into three movies but out of the three this is definitely the one that suffers most from the padding. It’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of the last parts of these needlessly split movies like The Matrix Revolutions or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows- Part 2,” they end…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★

    One of the most common title formats in cinema is the “American [fill in the blank]” format, which as far as I can tell goes back at least as far as 1973’s American Graffiti and has been used dozens of times. It may or may not be as common as the “[fill in the blank] Story” format be it’s certainly the more loaded of the two. It’s not a titling convention that’s often used for mellow movies with modest intentions,…