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|59 20%||American Animals (2018) - Sep 13, 2018
"American Animals employs a similar narrative structure to that used in "I, Tonya", juxtaposing the plot with meta-commentary from the perpetrators. The film is well-acted and well-shot. Despite this, I didn't enjoy it. I found the pacing too slow and the characters fundamentally uninteresting. There were a few highlights, such as the panicky end to the heist, but they were too far and few between to justify the almost 2 hour runtime."
|76 91%||Preacher (2016) - Sep 10, 2018
"Preacher is a refreshing blend of delightful irreverence and batshit crazy, with a heavy measure of wholly (or holy) unnecessary violence. The 1st season, relegated to the town, was slow going; an almost prelude to the road-trip 2nd season, where the plot gets interesting. Season 3 keeps the momentum going despite the Angelville drama. Overall a funny, action-packed show that develops its mythology well. Dog-god, inbred Jesus clones, Arsemouth, Hitler."
|59 20%||Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) - Sep 10, 2018
"The aptly named Fallen Kingdom is a fitting descriptor for the state of the franchise. While Jurassic Park remains a masterpiece of the modern blockbuster, this nail-in-the-coffin is the epitome of what is wrong with them. A bloated plot, clichéd characters, unnecessary screaming, and a child. The shots ripped out of the first movie are more insulting than nostalgic. The dinosaurs actually look less realistic (i.e. worse). It's cardinal sin however, is that it's just not fun."
|60 23%||The Limehouse Golem (2016) - Sep 04, 2018
"I liked the ending, though be it due to a form of poetic justice or the mere fact that the film was over is up for debate. The Limehouse Golem is a moderately fun romp, ruined by over-zealous editing. Musical numbers, gore, filters galore; the film ends up all over the place in regards to tone, style and pacing. Nighy and Cooke deliver strong performances, especially when they share the screen. Booth's a dead ringer for Freddie Mercury. Otherwise a mediocre film, that is cringeworthy at points."
|62 32%||Ocean's 8 (2018) - Sep 01, 2018
"Ocean's 8 is moderately amusing, but filled with so many plot-holes and contrivances that it feels like an extended episode of the TV show Hustle. The cast are pretty good, though it feels like most of the film consists of them walking past each to dramatic music. It seems that the cast had more chemistry offscreen than they did onscreen, to the extent that the most interesting scene involved a conversation between Corden and Bullock. Trite with the saving grace of being forgettable."
|73 83%||Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) - Aug 31, 2018
"M:I Fallout is the simplest film in the franchise in terms of plot complexity. Where traditionally a M:I film would toy with bluffs and double-bluffs, Fallout seems to take the audience on board with a nod a wink. In a way this highlights that these films are less about plot, but more about the action set pieces and stunts, which are outstanding; and the characters both new and old. Cruise is Ethan Hunt, and Cavill fully embraces his role. Unsure how to end this review, but "I'm working on it"."
|62 32%||A Case of You (2013) - Aug 24, 2018
"Long seems to have written A Case of You under the influence of Hugh Grant's Notting Hill. Both films share similar characters, have the same plot beats, and cover similar thematic ground. The only differences are that Notting Hill came out a over a decade before this film, and is a much better movie. A Case of You is inoffensive and tepid, offering nothing more than a well-known cast underperforming. There are a few laughs, but it's so forgettable."
|62 32%||Heathers (2018) - Aug 24, 2018
"A lot of controversy surrounding this Heathers adaptation, and almost all of it was unwarranted. The series preserves the hypocrisy and perversity of a high school hierarchy, though changing who is at the top. It mocks both sides of the political spectrum with its portrayal of idiotic gun proliferation and saccharine indulgence of the LGBTA. Best moments involve the teachers, worst involve the Heathers; making the show mediocre at best. The big change to Cox's Victoria is questionable."
|64 49%||Upgrade (2018) - Aug 18, 2018
"Upgrade is the apparent result of a fan of the Deus Ex game franchise reimagining Ex Machina as an action film. The film excels at the fight scenes which are well-choreographed and seem too inject a bit of humour into the film. Some of the designs are pretty good as well, providing contrast between the slick new tech and the gritty rundown modders. The plot twists are decent, but the overall setup felt too contrived and the actors didn't quite fit their roles. Passable, and even enjoyable."
|59 20%||Book Club (2018) - Aug 17, 2018
"Book Club is a mediocre movie at best, but it does have some genuine laughs and a few heartfelt moments. The cast is good, and honestly the biggest draw for a film of this genre. Fonda's character is forgettable, while Keaton's seems to get the most focus. Some of Holderman's choices, such as the opening narration and the closing speech, were poor and tired. I'm a sucker for RomComs, and while this film is moderately enjoyable, my attention did wander at times."