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The Meg

by Jon Turteltaub

Silly but amusing shark spectacle. The international cast is a real plus, the rollercoaster approach of director Jon Turteltaub essential to the entertainment value. The visual effects are fine, the pacing is okay and even though the film didn't make much sense, it's a hoot from start to finish. A worthy blockbuster.

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Batman Ninja

by Junpei Mizusaki

Not the first time Batman gets an anime treatment, but this time it's in the form of a full-length feature film. The good news is that the creators were given a lot of creative freedom, so expect a beautifully animated, crazy and action-packed anime that works extremely well as a stand-alone film. Impressive.

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The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

by Jennifer M. Kroot

A documentary on the life of Armistead Maupin, writer and public gay rights activist. Sadly his story isn't all that interesting and if you've seen or read thing about this subject before than it's all just very predictable. Unless you're really interested in the man himself, there's very little here to grab the attention.

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Us and Them

by Rene Liu

Chinese romance is doing well these days. Us and Them is Rene Liu's debut hit, with Yibai Zhang overseeing the production. The result is a sweet film that lacks a little punch here and there, but uses its time well to get a feel for its two protagonists. An accessible film, especially for people not used to Chinese cinema.

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River's Edge

by Isao Yukisada

Lately Yukisada's films have turned a little grittier. River's Edge has dark edges that I'm not used to seeing in his films. Yukisada handles it well, though the 90s setting (ugly 4:3 screen ratio included) feels completely superfluous. Good performance, good drama and some poignant moments, but it lacks that little extra.

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The Rocker

by Peter Cattaneo

Starts off well enough, but after half an hour the film gets a little too comfortable. The comedy slowly disappears and what's left is a pretty dull rise to fame story of a "rock" band that plays some of the most soulless, drab music ever known to man. At least it has Rainn Wilson, but even he can't save this wreck.

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Esprit d'amour

by Ringo Lam

Ringo Lam's first feature film. Like many other Hong Kong directors, Lam started out as a somewhat generic cog in the machine. Esprit d'amour is a rather typical mix of horror, comedy and romance that never quite succeeds. The pacing is alright though and it's an easy watch, it's just not that memorable.

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This World, Then the Fireworks

by Michael Oblowitz

Amusing crime flick that doesn't take itself too seriously. At times it reminded me a little of early Coen brothers, only a bit livelier. Oblowitz isn't as good a director though, but the films looks nice, the actors do a decent job and the pacing is solid. Not the most memorable film in the world, but it's solid filler.

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Jaws 3-D

by Joe Alves

While I liked the idea of making a shorter, slicker, more genre-focused version of Jaws, the execution here is absolutely deplorable. The effects are trash, the acting is extremely poor and the setting is dull. Whatever attempts there are to build up tension fall flat, a film without any redeeming qualities. Just terrible.

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The Greasy Strangler

by Jim Hosking

Jim Hosking, what a man. The Greasy Strangler is a bit cruder compared to An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, but all the ingredients are already here. Crazy characters, unique comic timing, a very strange sense of humor and a soundtrack that's just mental. It's an extremely gross and alienating film, but boy is it funny.

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Jaws 2

by Jeannot Szwarc

Ever so slightly better than the first film, though it's dealing with pretty much the same issues. Overly long, annoying characters and an extremely boring middle part drag this one down. There's a bit of fun to be had near the start and at the very end of the film, but the rest is pretty negligible. Not worth it.

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Patch Adams

by Tom Shadyac

A typical Robin Williams product. The titular character is an annoying creep, the story is borderline offensive in its stupidity. Some stand-alone scenes are passable, but they drown in a sea of sentimental garbage. In the end I sympathized with the people who were trying to stop Adams, I'm sure that wasn't the point.

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Bilocation

by Mari Asato

One of Asato's better films. Maybe because it's not just a horror film, but also a pretty nifty mystery. Asato leaves the typical Japanese horror tropes behind her and delivers a film that's a little spooky, a little eerie, but mostly very mysterious. Well acted, nicely shot and interesting from start to finish.

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Shirkers

by Sandi Tan

An amusing doc about a young Malaysian film aficionado who decides to direct her own film, but sees it stolen right after all the footage was shot. As she retraces her steps 20 years later, she slowly learns what went wrong all those years ago. Well-structured, amusing and intriguing, this was a very pleasant watch.

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Atomic Blonde

by David Leitch

A spy thriller that doesn't mind becoming an action from time to time. It's another 80s-styled film, but luckily it doesn't look like it was actually made in the 80s. Some decent performances, some visual bravado and fine pacing make this an entertaining watch. Nothing too out of the ordinary, just good fun.

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Pink Floyd: The Wall

by lan Parker

While I respect the concept, the execution is quite poor. I'm not a fan of the music, which of course doesn't help things along, but it's the overly dramatic and often very literal footage that kills a lot of the potential. There are some interesting moments, but these are few and far between. Only watch if you like Pink Floyd.