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matt has written 339 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • The Children of the Dead

    The Children of the Dead

    ★★

    A quasi-silent German zombie political satire. As laborious as that sounds.

  • Homewrecker

    Homewrecker

    ★★

    Gets impressively gnarly by the end but is it just me or does this really hamstring itself by having one of the women fully cracked from the pressures of expectation while the other is the "normal" audience surrogate? Growing some actual anxious parity between the two leads that could develop into enmity seems like it would be a better articulation of the thesis instead of this just being a wannabe feminist MISERY.

  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    Sleeping with the Enemy

    ★★

    The towels...are not what they seem. <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/no/podcast/the-suspense-is-killing-us/id1449810690">Discussed on Episode 18 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Anna

    Anna

    ★★

    Besson apparently saw ATOMIC BLONDE and figured he had a fiduciary duty to Europacorp shareholders to rip it off. Anyway this is a virtual remake of NIKITA perked up a little bit with a really wearisome time-shifting structure, complete with constant dipshit references to matryoshka dolls. Is this worth sitting through for the one very good action sequence about 40 minutes in? I dunno, but it's not worth sitting through for the really gross surface-level female empowerment stuff coming from a guy who knocked up a 15-year-old girl he met when she was 12.

  • Crazy People

    Crazy People

    ★★

    This movie won't just scare you, it will fuck you up for life.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★

    Speaking as someone who's fully on board with the escalating absurdity and monofilament-thin narratives of this series, this barely even qualifies as a LETHAL WEAPON 3-level almost-invisible clothesline for endless shtick and violence. Call it sacrilege if you must but Statham and Johnson exhaust what little chemistry they have early on and the excessively digital action sequences are just weightless and repetitive. Makes the others seem tightly structured, exciting, and coherent. Leitch is turning into a real disappointment as an action filmmaker despite his very apparent skill.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    "I'm talking about the meaningless line of indifference."

  • Happy Death Day 2U

    Happy Death Day 2U

    ★★

    Since the first one was merely slight and entertaining, I'm so, so glad they explained the reason for all the time loop stuff and added a bunch of mopey relationship garbage.

  • Camelot

    Camelot

    ★★

    Saw this a ton as a little kid because it's my mom's favorite movie. Boy, is it ever.

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★

    I can't escape the irony of this being about a scrappy, undeniably talented outsider who learns to harness his abilities to escape the clutches of his cruel corporate overlords. Anyway Tim Burton hasn't made a good movie in over 20 years.

  • Daughter of the Wolf

    Daughter of the Wolf

    ★★

    Everyone knows Gina Carano beating the shit out of Richard Dreyfuss would be awesome. What this movie presupposes is...

  • The Hot Spot

    The Hot Spot

    ★★

    Even as soul-crushing noir purgatories go this town seems like a real shithole. <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/no/podcast/the-suspense-is-killing-us/id1449810690">Discussed on Episode 12 of The Suspense is Killing Us.