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|10 T1||Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) - Oct 29, 2011
"Infuriatingly harebrained. They're not even trying anymore. Alternates between deadlly dull and off-puttingly, hysterically over-the-top, with no genuine scares to speak of and a surprising level of rank incompetence on display. Plus, it flat-out cheats, whipping up an over-elaborate, nonsensical backstory for the whole series that leaves you with way more questions than answers. The worst horror sequel to come down the pike in some time. Skip it."
|82 T9||I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009) - Dec 05, 2010
"A must-see doc for everybody who believes the 1970's was the greatest decade for American film. Cazale knew his stuff--a genius actor who, most valuably, wasn't afraid to play weakness without a hint of irony or self-awareness. Every actor who worked with him was indisputably all the better because of him. "
|77 T8||Merantau (2009) - Jan 05, 2011
"So, what we have here is basically a rehash of "Prime Cut," with Iko Uwais in the Lee Marvin part. Undoubtedly the best Indonesian martial arts movie I've ever seen...but it's also the only Indonesian martial arts movie I've ever seen, so, you know, there's that. Uwais is a commanding presence, displaying some of the young Jet Li's intensity and often moving so quickly and furiously in the fight scenes that the camera has trouble tracking him. Cool. Jeeja Yanin could kick his ass, though."
|82 T9||Drive Angry (2011) - Mar 04, 2011
""I never disrobe before a gunfight." Exhilaratingly sleazy, over-the-top action-horror insanity, shot in absolutely gorgeous 3-D. It contains a stunning amount of visual pizazz for a movie about pissed-off stunt drivers from beyond the grave, as well as another in a long line of epically unhinged Cage performances. Never for a second does it take itself seriously, and never for a second is it not irresistible."
|70 T7||The Innkeepers (2011) - Jan 29, 2012
"Its budget is visibly pretty low, and it's not exactly the most well-crafted horror flick out there, but this is unabashedly old-school and provides more than its share of kicky ghost story fun. So many horror filmmakers these days neglect to imbue their films with atmosphere and personality, forgetting that these are the elements that make the scares stick. In THE INNKEEPERS, the scares stick. Also, Sara Paxton is really, really cute."
|37 T3||War Horse (2011) - Jan 30, 2012
"Dreck. Spielberg should be commended, I suppose, for resisting the urge to make his horses talk and walk on two legs, but they're still ridiculously anthropomorphized, and there isn't a sentimental Golden Hollywood family-friendly war picture cliche that the director doesn't furiously and mawkishly hammer into the ground. Shameless and endless. Rent AU HASARD BALTHAZAR instead, why don'tcha?"
|67 T6||Central Intelligence (2016) - Jun 18, 2016
"It's taking suspension of disbelief to a whole other level when a movie asks you to buy the Rock handily getting his ass kicked by 5'4" Aaron Paul. Also the climax is supposed to be this big cathartic upbeat celebration but all I kept thinking was "Jesus, Rock, at least put on some underpants." You can make it marginally more satisfying by imagining Jason Bateman's character as the same guy he played in THE GIFT. (Though that means Gordo would also have gone to this high school)"
|54 T4||Unknown (2011) - Mar 02, 2011
"Yearns desperately for the Hitchcockian, but only achieves the preposterous. Neeson is commanding as always, and the climactic reveal is kinda cool, I guess, but it's hardly worth the vigorous suspension of disbelief the movie demands, basically from the get-go. We haven't even met the main characters as people before we're snorting in disbelief at the gargantuan plot contortions they're being shoehorned into. There is a good car chase, though."
|87 T10||Marwencol (2010) - Apr 16, 2011
"As moment-to-moment fascinating as any movie I've seen in a long, long time. One second it's a gripping, inspiring tale of the triumph and resiliency of the human imagination; the next, it's a portrait of one of the most bizarre men in the history of the universe. Then in the last few minutes, it folds in on itself and completely blows your mind. Further proof that nothing is weirder, or more amazing, than real life. Highly recommended."
|69 T7||Green Lantern (2011) - Jun 24, 2011
"Ill-conceived piffle, but its clumsiness and goofiness grow on you after awhile. The acting's generally pretty sucky--particularly Lively, who's not at all--and the plot's pretty simplistic, but the awkward earnestness of the whole enterprise calls to mind early-80's sci-fi like "The Last Starfighter." Could definitely have used some more outer-space awe, and less Lively, but it's a fair amount of fun, so long as your expectations are appropriately lowered."