Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Rain Man (1988)

Touching, well-told story, made in a time where movies were allowed to have feelings. Cruise is a little high-strung. I know it’s the character, but it’s constant and it’s annoying. Hoffman is excellent, a well-deserved Oscar.

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Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

What’s most impressive about Cameron’s Terminator movies is that they essentially tell the same story over and over. Different characters and different settings, but essentially the same story in each. This one is no different. And it works. Really, the only difference is that this one has a Spanish vide…

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Active Measures (2018)

Fast-moving. There’s a lot of information here, almost blurringly edited. Skipping around from person to person, relationship to relationship, it’s all a bit hard to follow. And most of the graphics flash past too quickly to read. What’s main argument here? Russians are bad? Putin is bad? Trump is bad?…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

A wonderful mix of animation, comedy, emotion, writing, pacing, and editing. This thing should be winning awards. The story about multiple dimensions is a little out there, but you can enjoy the ride without thinking about it too much. But let’s be clear. This is not a reboot. Faithful to…

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Special Correspondents (2016)

A Gervais thing, so it’s lightly witty and lightly inappropriate with light social commentary. But the characters and story are just a little goofy. Gervais is Gervais. Pains me to say this because his performance was genius in Chopper, but Bana not a great actor.

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A Star Is Born (2018)

It all seems very real, almost biographical. Do you chalk this up to the script, successive refinements with each remake, or Cooper’s direction? Cooper pulls off a great look and entirely believable musical ability. Gaga is a great actress and a true talent. Underneath all of her outrageous costumes as…

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

With the weight of the franchise, all the characters, and the complicated plotlines, the Russo brothers did a phenomenal job tying everything together and coming up with a story that made sense and was fun to watch. The plot relied on some time travel trickery, but I guess we knew…

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Green Book (2018)

How this thing won Best Picture, I have no idea. It might be the worst Best Picture winner in recent memory. This is the story of a talented, educated, socially clueless black guy who takes a road trip with a rough, uneducated, racist white guy and become best friends. But…

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Shazam! (2019)

Silly. This is what you get when you have director who doesn’t know comedy and you ask him to make a comedy. It’s really like a combination of Superman and Big. Even Sandberg knew this, with the moment on a floor piano thrown into one of the action sequences. Levi…

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Before the Flood (2016)

Leo’s heart may have been in the right place, but this isn’t very impactful as a climate change documentary. The Hollywood star spends a lot of time in exotic locations always looking trendy, with shots in various hairstyles and beards in various stages of growth. He’s always got stylish sunglasses…

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