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|55 T4||Rough Night (2017) - Jun 19, 2017
"Another average, generic comedy movie. The main thing it has going for it is the cast - I really like most of them, & they do the best they can with the material. Said material, however, is just not that funny. A lot of jokes fell flat, & I really only laughed 3 or 4 times. The screenplay simply isn’t that witty, but I also didn’t think the direction or editing helped, in terms of timing. It’s not a bad movie, & I’m sure some people will like it, but I just didn’t get much out of it."
|55 T4||The Magnificent Seven (2016) - Jun 06, 2017
"If The Magnificent Seven (1960) is Seven Samurai for Americans, this movie must be for dumb Americans. When it tried to do comedy it was straight-up embarrassing. The cheesy, trashy vibe the whole thing had was unappealing. The dialogue was crap, and despite some talent in the cast, none of the performances were good. The main action sequence was decent, but nothing we haven’t seen before. It’s lucky the film looks beautiful, because that’s about the only thing it has going for it."
|60 T5||Wonder Woman (2017) - Jun 02, 2017
"Compared to the other DCEU movies, Wonder Woman is pretty decent. But let’s not pretend - this is not a great movie. Mostly competent, if overstuffed, and I liked one or two actions scenes, some themes, and some of the music. But it's still ugly, with too much CGI, bad dialogue, and unfunny jokes. Pine is bland. Huston and Anaya are embarrassing cartoons. Gadot may not be a great actor, but she is very, very, very pretty. It's not garbage, but don't fool yourselves - it ain't great."
|55 T4||The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) - Jun 01, 2017
"Another over-hyped indie horror movie that ultimately disappoints. It started off fairly well, but once the scary things started happening, it devolved into generic modern horror fare. I didn’t really feel scared at all. The twist near the end is sort of interesting, but means very little. And the actual ending was such an anti-climax. Cox and Hirsch are okay, but their characters are idiots and don’t feel real at all. Add in the cliché tragic backstory and you’ve seen all of this before."
|60 T5||They Live (1988) - May 28, 2017
"The ideas & themes are great & there are some awesome, strong visual elements. But the whole thing is so half-baked. I truly believe there is a good movie in there. There were many moments where I knew exactly how to improve it - & I shouldn’t be saying that of a Carpenter film! The completely unreal way the characters reacted to everything was super frustrating for me. Piper is really not good. I had fun with some of the film’s ridiculous moments, but I’m not sure I was always supposed to"
|70 T7||The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - May 24, 2017|
|30 T1||Fifty Shades Darker (2017) - May 22, 2017
"I definitely didn’t like the first one, but it wasn’t god-awful. This, however, is. The first movie didn’t need a sequel, which shows, because this movie didn’t have a story at all. It was so very, very boring. It had all the same problems as the first one - flat characters played by bad actors with no chemistry, some weird, problematic ideas about sex, and the sex scenes themselves are totally dull and not sexy. And that helicopter scene! What the hell was that?! Blah. "
|55 T4||Deepwater Horizon (2016) - May 19, 2017
"I like a good old-fashioned disaster movie, but I found this to be quite lacking. A The Poseidon Adventure (1972) or Titanic (1997) this is not. Those were actual movies; this is just a dramatisation of the events. Nothing happens for the first 45 minutes or so, and it’s super boring. And then shit goes down, and it’s okay. It looked fine and all, but I didn’t really care about the characters or what was happening to them. It’s not a bad movie, but it’s nothing special either."
|65 T6||Hush (2016) - May 18, 2017
"There were some genuinely strong suspense scenes & some smart moments. However, with every one of those, there was another dumb, contrived moment. I think the screenplay could’ve used a little more work. The direction, too. And like a cliché horror movie, the main character kept making dumb decisions. It was a frustrating experience overall. But I still quite enjoyed it. If you can turn your brain off a little, and not think to logically about the whole thing, I think you’ll enjoy it. "
|65 T6||Sully (2016) - May 13, 2017
"This was surprisingly good. I could see all the emotional manipulation going on & it was quite saccharine, but damn, it worked on me. I found myself getting pretty emotional at some points. I liked the structure & they managed to stretch a story with not a lot to tell in a way, into a compelling & interesting movie. Hanks is great, of course, even though his character isn’t terribly complex, but I think that’s the point. Eastwood is clearly interested in the notion of the American hero."