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Gravity
Gravity (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster

This is one of the most suspenseful movies I've ever seen. The environment is so vivid, and the danger to the characters so palpable that, in the same way that people nowhere near the water had nightmares about sharks after they saw Jaws, you will be afraid of space after you see this movie.

I saw it in 3D. The director says that the experience is blunted by about two thirds if it's not seen in 3D, but I disagree. You will think it's awesome whether or not you see it in 3D. But if you're serious about fully experiencing it, go for 3D.

Riddick
Riddick (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster

I fell asleep during "Pitch Black" and I fell asleep even harder during "The Chronicles of Riddick". The only reason I went to see this one, whose full title I assume is "Riddick 3: Riddick" and whose sequel will probably be called "RIDDICK RIDDICK RIDDICK." were personal circumstances having to do with the timing of my Saturday afternoon activities. But I didn't really hate this! Except the ending, the ending was dumb. And actually, some of the special effects were weak by modern standards (specifically, the hover-cycles). But the first big chunk was suspenseful, and then the next big chunk was suspenseful, and then by the time it was not as good, it was almost over. Hooray!

The Spectacular Now
3 years ago via Flixster

You will like this movie. I liked it a lot. I wasn't expecting a main character like this; he's very flawed, easy to identify with, and although he feels familiar, I also feel like I have never seen a leading character like this in a movie. The light touch by the actor-centric director takes the movie down an unexpectedly dark path after teasing the audience with very little conflict for the first half of the movie. (You won't mind that.) I did feel like the overall message was one I've seen over and over again, but maybe that's because I'm super old & beaten down by life. Just kidding; you'll know what I mean if you see it. Which you should.

You're Next
You're Next (2013)
3 years ago via Movies on Android phone
½

This will work for you if all you need is a murder-y home invasion horror movie with slightly creepy masks. But there is nothing else here. The story is pitifully uninventive. The characters mostly come across as stiff and unlikeable; at first I was thinking the actors were just shitty, but then one early moment capitalized on the unpleasant characters for one good laugh. Then there is nothing funny until the last five minutes, when the movie suddenly decides to be all Sam Raimi-esque. It comes across as sloppy filmmaking. It's as though they went with the first draft of a script that needed a lot of work.

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
3 years ago via Flixster

Not as much fun as the first one, but still kinda fun. No longer present is the charming interplay between Hit Girl and Big Daddy. That's a loss, but it gains Hit Girl as a more central character, which totally holds the audience's attention. Just like the first one, this succeeds at its odd premise of having a superhero who is completely ordinary - just like you! It's fast-paced, and doesn't have action/fight/chase scenes that overstay their welcome. Jim Carrey's comedic abilities are not taken advantage of, and there is in general not as much tongue-in-cheek humor as the first one. But there is some decent shock value. It won't be anyone's favorite Kick-Ass movie, or favorite superhero movie, or favorite movie. But I've seen worse this summer.