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matt has written 554 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    ★★★

    "We are guilty in the face of her rejection, we are hurt by her choice of isolation, and we are confused by her message."

    The big speech at the end is a huge mistake though.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★

    Too grimy and pulpy to be this no fun. Spent a lot of it sort of wishing De Palma had made it, but by the end I was mostly just bummed it wasn't a late-90's Skinemax Shannon Whirry thing. I mean Wings Hauser could have really knocked Michael Shannon's part right out of the park.

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★

    Sturdy, but man I'm tired of zombie stuff.

  • The Passage

    The Passage

    ★★★

    With such a stacked cast and the J. Lee Thompson imprimatur, this should be a lot more exciting. On the other hand, at one point a giggling Malcolm McDowell sports a jock-strap with a swastika on it.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★

    Hard to compute that community, empathy, and love give this a reputation of empty saccharine Americana, but we could sure use some. In its way so very beautiful.

  • Exorcist: The Beginning

    Exorcist: The Beginning

    ★★

    Interesting that they shot almost an entirely new movie here to replace Schrader's but didn't bother to fix the weird CG hyenas...instead they just added more scenes of them. You'd think Harlin would've insisted on using some of that money on an LL Cool J appearance.

  • Meet John Doe

    Meet John Doe

    ★★★½

    Occupy Americana.

  • Heavy Metal Massacre

    Heavy Metal Massacre

    There's a very, very specific set of kinks and objectification here that, when combined with DeFalco's vanity performance, some really ooky homophobia and misogyny, and the blindingly inept DIY hair metal video aesthetic, make this impossible to view as anything other than a deeply personal home fetish movie with (perhaps) a squirm-inducing dose of self-loathing. That's enough for a weirdo trash enthusiast like me; everyone else will just find this stupid and unpleasant (which it also is).

  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

    ★★★½

    Gary Cooper as socialist Batman.

  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

    Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

    ★★★

    Schrader's THE KEEP.

  • Night Has a Thousand Desires

    Night Has a Thousand Desires

    ★★★½

    Only Franco could make smoking a joint with Lina Romay and then having a threesome seem like a nightmare you might never wake up from.

  • Spectral

    Spectral

    ★★½

    Competent but thoroughly generic. A SyFy original on a hefty budget, with all the aesthetic ambition of a "Gears of War" cutscene.