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Guardians of the Galaxy
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Not gonna lie, I hated everything about this movie. I found it aggressively unfunny, aggressively annoying, and aggressively ugly to look at. The main characters are all a bunch of dirt bags, and you know you're in the trouble when the only one that's tolerable is the character with a four-word vocabulary. The plot was yet another recycled "get the magic mcguffin" plot that we've seen over and over again. Oh, let's not forget the bull crap yu-gi-oh ending where the day is saved because the heroes can access the heart of the cards through the power of friendship.

Turbo
Turbo (2013)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Every bit as stupid and predictable as you'd expect.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

You know, this film is much better than it has any right to be. By all accounts, it should be awful (just consider that it's the seventh film in the franchise, and it also happens to be the second remake). Nevertheless, the filmmakers treat the material completely seriously, and they give a a core group of characters that we can actually empathize with. Not only that, but they actually take their time to establish all that important information and create a tone before the big action scenes arive. The special effects are almost universally spectacular, and Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination for his excellent portrayal of Caeser.

It clearly takes it's cue from the recent Star Trek reboot, and it's better for it. Unfortunately, one or two things keep it from equaling it. The first is that there are a number of tiny plot contrivances (how is it, for instance, that a lab experimenting on a female chimp cannot know that she's pregnant--so pregnant, in fact, that she gives the birth the same day that they put her down?). These moments don't completely destroy the movies' credibility, but they do have you scratching your head after it's done. The second issue is that outside of the core protagonists, every character is a jerk; Tom Felton in particular comes to mind as an over-the-top ape handler who abuses them for no good reason. As a result, there are a few moments that come off sillier than they should.

These are really minor quibbles, however. As stated before, the movie has heart and takes itself seriously. It takes its time to make sure that everything is in place before the big action set pieces occur, and when they do happen it's easy to know where everything is in relation to everything else (take notes, Micheal Bay...). It's the biggest surprise of the summer, and I highly recommend it.

The Dark Knight Rises
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I respected this movie more than I liked it. Let's just say that it requires more suspension of disbelief than I am able to provide.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The movie has a solid story, solid performances, solid special effects, and solid pacing. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but there's nothing that stands out about it either. It's good, and I wouldn't mind seeing it again some day. It's just not some instant classic.