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|78 T9||Scream 4 (2011) - May 02, 2011
"Against all odds, this is pretty damned entertaining. The most inspired "Scream" flick since the first one, with an intricate, gratifyingly clever Williamson script and an electrified group of performers. Not all that scary, but undeniably a lot of fun, particularly for those who still remember what a buzz the first "Scream" flick gave them all those years ago. Plus, it's just cool to see Neve Campbell back and kicking ass again."
|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."
|37 T3||Sucker Punch (2011) - Apr 04, 2011
"Man, I wish this movie didn't suck. A visual smorgasbord, with ultra-hot Emily Browning battling giant super ninjas and the like, but story-wise, it's utter, hollow gibberish. It really does seem like this is what'd result if a hyperactive male 15-year-old film buff got ahold of a camera and a budget, and I'd be lying if I said there weren't certain scenes and images that were enjoyable. But we're left with nothing in the end. Thanks for trying, Snyder."
|81 T9||The Woman in Black (2012) - Feb 12, 2012
"It'd probably land with a thud upon second viewing, because it relies so much on cheap jolts and boo moments and things leaping outta the dark. But you can't deny the craftsmanship at work here; the crowd I saw this with was ducking and jumping and bobbing and weaving like they were on a roller coaster. It is a haunted house movie without cynicism or pretension--it aims to give you a few really good scares, and that's exactly what it does. No more, no less."
|38 T3||And Soon the Darkness (2010) - Jun 03, 2011
"I can't in good conscience recommend this--it's just too cheesy and schlocky--but I can say that I'd happily watch Amber and Odette read the phone book together, provided they were still wearing those world class, Hall of Fame bikinis they sport here. The movie's something you've seen plenty of times before--most recently in "Hostel 2," I suppose--but...super hot chicks! Gadzooks hubba hubba homina homina etc."
|64 T6||Arthur (2011) - May 14, 2011
"The quick-witted, prickly Brand's a vast improvement over Dudley Moore, and Greta Gerwig's amazingly cute, but overall, this is more mildly amusing than outright funny. Seems like it isn't sure whether it wants to take the family-friendly route or a raunchier, Brand-off-the-leash approach, so it ends up pretty watered down and sort of pointless. Plus it goes on forever. I still prefer it to the dull-ass original, though. "
|59 T5||Get Low (2010) - Jun 02, 2011
""You need to start saying what you mean!" Duvall barks at Murray early on, and then he spends the entire film refusing to heed his own advice. This flick contorts itself into an epically knotty pretzel trying to keep the truth about its main character hidden until the very, very end. It's a Southern slice-of-life period dramedy, it tries hard to be a Gothic mystery, but it's way too schematic from a script standpoint to succeed much as either, despite some good performances."
|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."
|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."
|57 T4||The Town (2010) - Jan 25, 2011
"Affleck's "Paradise Alley." The director is clearly pretty enamored with his lead actor, and the movie itself is another in an inexplicably long line of cinematic fetishizations of working class Boston. Renner's good, and the action climax is pretty cool, but this stretches the bounds of believability, and the self-indulgent monologue quotient is way, way too frigging high."