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The Lost City of Z
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A fine film produced by Brad Pitt with similar vintage feel to SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET. The pacing and explorative thrust are vaguely reminiscent of THE GHOST IN THE DARKNESS as well. This story hearkens from the glory days of British exploration. Nicely acted and beautifully shot. Hunnam's performance is respectable and understated. Sienna Miller continues to effectively play the chameleon and handle vastly different characters well. It's hard to recognize her stylistically as the same actress in BURNT. Pattinson is surprisingly good as Hunnam's second and lifelong friend. The vintage settings and language were quite convincing. Provided interesting and probably highly accurate insight into early twentieth century British colonialism and jingoistic drive. Settle in for a stately pace and don't expect this to blow you away with explosions and special effects. It is quite slow-moving. The resolution is somewhat truncated and a bit of a letdown, handled with titles over black, as the running time was almost 2:30 as it was. Recommended ***.75/*****.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
13 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An enjoyable contained horror that avoids cheap scares and goes for something bigger. The First Act is excellent. Falls off in the Second, but comes back for a good ending. The acting is very good. Well worth a watch. ***/*****. 86/70

Life
Life (2017)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Painfully stupid scientists who went to PROMETHEUS University re-enact ALIEN and make every wrong move in the book. Shamelessly rips off THE THING. Visually nice, although there are still physics problems Hollywood can't ever get away from. Up until the crisis, the story is fluff with a bunch of boring and irrelevant chatty dialogue. The story could have been placed in a hospital or cabin in the woods and little would change. Or in the Arctic. There's a surprise. Seriously overrated and hard to watch past the incredible stupidity of the scientists. Another mindless story set in space to try to escape the fact it's an unoriginal low-budget horror film with sufficient money to add some window dressing. Disappointing. Ignore the 67 critic rating. The 57 crowd rating is still too high. It's blah. **.5/*****.

Wilson
Wilson (2017)
28 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Woody Harrelson always does a fine job, but I can't think of a single reason to sit through this miserable drudgery.

Anomalisa
Anomalisa (2015)
59 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A very strange movie that didn't do a whole lot for me. Kaufman's oft-repeated themes of the torments of alienation, the nature and illusion of love, and human isolation are pervasive and all-encompassing in this. The Claymation hotel cunnilingus scene was disturbing, gratuitous, cheap, and revolting. It's true he's unlike anybody else, and I like weird. But weirdness for its own sake is hollow and empty. And that's exactly the feeling this film left me with. An odd experience. **.5/*****. Recommended for the experience alone, but it's not pleasant.