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Fury
Fury (2014)
14 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent." Yes, it's the same overplayed theme that dozens of other war films center around, but David Ayer's Fury does it better than most. The acting is pretty top notch, but the script could be significantly better. I guess I was foolish to buy into the best picture hype surrounding this film a few months ago, but based on the Oscar's history of time-pieces, it seemed reasonable... War begets death begets more death is the takeaway from Fury... At least until the final scene, which, while mirroring the opening shot, contradicts the theme the entire film was centered around. For a mainstream film, this is insanely violent; but for a quality war film, it's average to below average violence wise. I did enjoy this film more than my brain says I should have, and it was as entertaining as anything out there today; but it could've been so much better. 7.5/10.

The Water Diviner
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The fad of actors becoming directors needs to stop, and The Water Diviner further proves that point. The story is genuinely interesting and the film technically sound, but Crowe's directorial debut comes across as spacy and inconsistent. How this film shared the award for best picture with The Babadook at the Australian Academy Awards is something I'll never understand. On a side note, this was the last film of the groundbreaking cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's imacculate career. He will be missed.

What We Do In The Shadows
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

New Zealand comedy legends Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement write, direct, and star What We Do In The Shadows, a mockumentary on par with something from legendary filmmaker Christopher Guest. Absolutely brilliant pacing paired with unrelentingly subtle comedic gold create a cult classic destined to go down as one of the best.

Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland (2015)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Tomorrowland is what happens when an elite director is forced to work inside the narrow-minded framework of a multi-billion dollar corporation... Or at least I hope that's why Brad Bird's film was overrun with exposition on a tell-not-show basis and riddled with ignored plot holes. The narrative had real potential, but unfortunately it was squandered, for the most part, resulting in an average popcorn flick.

Poltergeist
Poltergeist (2015)
20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Despite the amateurish acting, the first twenty minutes of the rebooted Poltergeist managed to intrigue me far more than I thought it would... Then came the onslaught of jump scares without any tension to speak of. Wound up being just another Hollywood money grab lacking any real substance.