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The Big Sick
The Big Sick (2017)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Good, but not great. The ratings are a bit of a surprise on the high side. Despite some thinking this is a stunning reinvention of the Rom Com, it's not. There's nothing wrong with the Rom Com, and there's plenty of ground left to explore. This isn't some groundbreaking new variation. It's been done plenty. Well worth a watch, but don't buy the hype. It'll be nowhere near the ratings or the best Rom Com you've seen. Nonetheless, recommended. ***/*****. 98/90.

It Comes At Night
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Think 28 DAYS LATER meets The Walking Dead, in terms of theme. But without much plot at all. It WANTS to be THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, but fails miserably in that regard. Marginal contained thriller, but ultimately flawed and unsatisfying. It held my attention until I realized that there would be no payoff, then I didn't care. Actually, this film is NOT SCARY AT ALL. In no way frightening. Not even a tiny bit. Although several possible explanations are hinted at, no one opposing force fits the bill to explain everything that happens. Cheaps out by violating its own established rules and through the use of unnecessary and irritating dream sequences. Little is resolved after the framework that is painstakingly built comes to naught without satisfactory solutions for the plot. PERHAPS THE BIGGEST CHEAT IS THE TITLE, which is a head fake and has nothing to do with the actual film. That REALLY pisses me off. Overrated, and I'm far closer to the 44% audience score than the critics. Barely worth the rental and absolutely a one-time watch. Don't even entertain the thought of buying it. **.5/*****. 89/44.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Excellent period dialogue and fine performances move this piece along at an unhurried, stately pace. The costumes, cinematography and everything else is top notch. Superb cast. Highly recommended.

The Pact
The Pact (2012)
41 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Decent low-budget horror with Casper Van Dien. Van Dien's acting has matured and he is now subtle and effective, rather than employing his old over-the-top ways. In fact, all the acting is better than you would expect. Worth a watch should you encounter it. ***/*****. 65/48.

The Lost City of Z
2 months 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/*****.