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|45 T2||Despicable Me 3 (2017) - Oct 12, 2017
"I just had no real interest left in this series at this point. I don’t care about the characters or what happens to them. I mean, the little girls are cute, but that’s it. The Minions are annoying and no longer funny at all. It was cool to have Trey Parker in this, but his character was a complete cliché. The animation’s fine and everything, but the movie just didn’t do anything new in the context of the series or beyond."
|40 T2||Leatherface (2017) - Oct 10, 2017
"It really wasn’t all that bad. Or, at least not as offensively bad as some of the other Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. Still, it was all pretty dumb and disposable. Nothing much happened, and I didn’t care for or understand the motivations of any of the characters. It was quite bloody at points, but often became grossness for grossness’ sake. Overall, rather forgettable and a pretty pointless addition to the franchise."
|55 T4||The Founder (2016) - Oct 10, 2017
"I think there’s an interesting story in this movie, but film itself is quite limited in scope and sanitises what is clearly the much darker underbelly of the whole thing. Sometimes it felt like it could be more like The Social Network (2010), and maybe it could have been under a different writer or director, but yeah, it just wasn’t that interesting. Keaton and the rest of the cast are fine. It wasn’t a bad movie, but I feel like there was potential for it to be great."
|50 T3||Cult of Chucky (2017) - Oct 06, 2017
"This was mostly disappointing. There are some fun, interesting ideas in there, but the script is so bad that’s it’s all just wasted potential. The structure and pacing were so off. There are some standout death scene. And there was one part that was absolutely hilarious to me, but it was generally devoid of humour - it’s quite a dreary film, really. I truly wanted the best for this movie, so I hate to say it, but it’s just not very good."
|80 T10||Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Oct 05, 2017
"I thought this was a pretty perfect sequel. It captured the spirit of the original & continued it, while also being its own thing. Visually, it’s pretty exquisite. Pretty much every frame was a work of art. It’s quite a slow-moving and long film. Extremely impressive visual effects. Great music. Excellent cast. Although Harrison Ford is just playing Old Harrison Ford. I will admit to some slight boredom in the first third of the movie, but overall, I thought the film was pretty great."
|85 T10||Mother! (2017) - Sep 28, 2017
"Intense, uncomfortable, tactile, unsettling, disturbing. I think some of it can be left up to interpretation, but there’s a very heavy religious allegory in there. But there’s also other interesting stuff about the life of an artist and gender roles. It’s directed very well, and relentlessly. All of the performances are good, and I thought this might be Jennifer Lawrence’s best performance in ages. I thought it was an excellent film overall, but I understand why it’s been so divisive."
|85 T10||The Handmaiden (2016) - Sep 23, 2017
"This was truly excellent. It’s an expertly crafted story, beautifully presented and performed. It felt a lot like Quentin Tarantino’s best work, actually. I wouldn’t be surprised if an American remake is in the works somewhere now. The cinematography is breathtaking - some of the shots looked like classical paintings. Really great performances from all involved. It’s thrilling, sexy, grotesque, beautiful and something that begs to be seen."
|30 T1||xXx: State of the Union (2005) - Sep 21, 2017
"It was all pretty dumb. Dumb story, dumb characters, really dumb dialogue, dumb visual effects. The action sequences were also dumb, but sometimes entertainingly so, with how ridiculous they were. Ice Cube is one of the major problems with it - he’s a very limited actor, and yeah, was just never really convincing. My advice is, don’t bother."
|45 T2||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) - Sep 21, 2017
"I definitely felt this was the weakest one. It’s just a copy of the others, and yeah, it’s really tired and boring by now. Even Johnny Depp, who was so fantastic in the first few movies, is now just plain annoying. Javier Bardem’s performance was decent, but his character did nothing for me. The dialogue was bad to the point of embarrassing at times. I wasn’t very impressed by the visual effects or the action scenes. There really wasn’t anything for me to enjoy. "
|40 T2||Rings (2017) - Sep 19, 2017
"I’d say this is about on par with the second one, as far as I can remember. It reminds me very much of last year’s Blair Witch (2016) - a totally unnecessary sequel that is more like a remake. They both attempted to build on the mythology of the first movies, but ended up just covering the same old ground. The dialogue is bad, most of the acting is bad, and it’s not scary. I’m not surprised it failed. Thankfully, horror has gotten a lot better in 2017 since this movie."