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Free Fire
Free Fire (2017)
3 days ago via Flixster

This Reservoir Dogs inspired shoot 'em up is a fun, but flawed 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes is spent introducing all the characters, with some awkward banter that is meant to be witty. Once the shooting begins, it is basically all the characters crawling on the ground looking for cover. I actually don't mind this type of movie, but the reason to why the shootout occurs is kind of ridiculous. The standouts for me were Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy. Copely had the funniest lines and the best character overall. He is really good at accents and playing over-the-top. Brie Larson, the lone female, was a bit underwhelming. There were all these zany characters and her character felt the most out of place. I was expecting more style to the movie given the time period and the setup. I also wished there weren't so many cuts. We want to see who these people are shooting at. The good news is that it is a short movie and doesn't overstay its welcome. The other good news is that it is very bloody and there are a lot of bullets flying which lives up to its title.

Grade: B-

The Founder
The Founder (2017)
4 days ago via Flixster
½

Another great performance from Michael Keaton. This true story about the founding of McDonalds is like The Social Network without the style and heavy drama. I like how it showed a man, who was desperate, take someone else's idea and made it into his own. Ray Kroc may have not been the most likable person, but he was a genius when it came to selling his product.

Grade: B+

The Lost City of Z
4 days ago via Flixster

This true story based on David Grann's book tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett who searches the Amazon for a lost civilization that may predate humans. He spends his entire adult life searching for it to the point where it consumes him. I am a sucker for historical dramas and this lavishly shot film uses 35mm film and it looks amazing. It's a slow burner of a movie, relying more on performances than action, which in this case is a good thing. Charlie Hunnam is excellent as Percy Fawcett. He is a man that is confident and yet vulnerable when it comes to his obsession of the lost city. The supporting cast is also impressive with strong, quiet performances by Robert Pattinson (and he's great in this), Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, and Ian McDiarmid. The movie runs almost 2-and-a-half hours but I was intrigued and mesmerized the entire time. The lost city itself is a McGuffin, but the movie is so well told and acted, that we don't mind that we never see it. If you miss those old fashioned, classic, sprawling, epic British dramas, then this one should do the trick.

Grade: A-

Monster Trucks
16 days ago via Flixster
½

The target audience is obvious here, but I liked it for what it was. There is nothing particular special about it. But as a cartoony Saturday matinee flick, I didn't mind it as much.

Grade: C+

Ghost in the Shell
20 days ago via Flixster

The controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's casting is not the reason this live-action version of the popular anime misses the mark. The movie is just a boring movie. Despite the great visuals and production design, the characters are dull and the story is very generic. They present these complex concepts, but never go deeper with them. At a little over 90 minutes, there was a lot that was left on the table. They could have made a really cool Blade Runner/Matrix flick, but instead, we get a sci-fi film that feels hollow.

Grade: C