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Small Soldiers
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Strengths: It's such a wacky premise that it works. This succeeded as both a movie for kids and one with some cool action scenes. For being a movie from 1998, the special effects are quite good, with only a handful of scenes looking out of place. Praise must also be heaped on the voice cast. The toys had great work behind them. Tommy Lee Jones (Chip Hazard) stands out as the leader of the Commando Elites, while Frank Langella (Archer) is a good choice to lead the Gorgonites. They did a good job in providing some comic relief with some of the toy characters and the film is rather funny overall. As for the regular cast, it's fun to see Kirsten Dunst (Christy) before she became a bigger star and Gregory Smith (Alan) does fine. The highlight is the small role by Dennis Leary (Gil), who is a joy to watch.

Weaknesses: The voice cast is great, but the regular cast doesn't do much. Outside of the two I mentioned, most of them are kind of just there. Phil Hartman (Phil) feels like he's playing something too similar to his Jingle All The Way character and people like Kevin Dunn (Stuart) and David Cross (Irwin) are kind of just there. The script features several far-fetched moments that are worthy of eye rolls when you get older. It also gets rather repetitive with the toys going through the same things over and over.

Overall: I'd call this a guilty pleasure of mine. I know it's way out there and kind of dumb, but it's fun. There are plenty of better kid's movies around. I just happen to think this one is wacky enough to enjoy.

Little Big League
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A solid little sports comedy with some heart. Not very memorable, though, and it struggles to stand out from the classics.

My Baby's Daddy
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Though there are a few funny points, but it's mostly full of bad jokes and bad acting.

Hulk (2003)
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I appreciate trying to get a deep story here, but all we want is for the Hulk to smash. There's nowhere near enough of that in this drag of a film.

Burn After Reading
2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Strengths: The most appealing thing about this film is watching some of the most talented actors around as some very zany characters. Brad Pitt (Chad) looked like he was having a blast and made me laugh several times. George Clooney (Harry) and Frances McDormand (Linda) were both game for their comedic roles. It's a strange movie that doesn't shy away from that fact and embraces it. I mean, there's literally a scene involving a dildo chair. There were also some fun plot twists and surprising, with the most shocking moment coming between Clooney and Pitt in a memorable scene. There's also a pretty funny way for Linda's storyline to wrap up that I got a kick out of.

Weaknesses: As good as the three actors mentioned above were, some of the others left me feeling disappointed. I didn't much for the scenes involving John Malkovich (Osbourne), unless it was with Pitt. The same goes for Tilda Swinton (Katie). The first act of the film is too slow paced to fully work. It's necessary to establish all the characters, but by the time they all come together to interact, it feels like you've been watching the movie for a long time. It also doesn't feel like many characters grow or learn anything. I know they made a joke about it at the end, but that doesn't change the fact that it hurts the characters.

Overall: There's a fair amount to like about this movie. It's witty and features great actors in outlandish roles. That alone is enough to make it worth a watch. The first half can be rough, but if you make it through that, the second half is rewarding enough to make this work.