Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

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Moana (2016)

Creatively, it’s an interesting, and perhaps the most successful, Disney/Pixar collaboration. The story of innocence and growth, the respect for tradition and elders, the mystery of folklore, and all the musical numbers are pure Disney. The quality of the animation is pure Pixar, and it’s pretty great. Looks like they…

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Race (2016)

Pretty good casting with James. He nailed the running posture, I wonder if he got the personality right. Sudekis is quality. It’s a good story, but it’s all a little plain and formulaic. The football players all look and talk and sound like bullies, the Nazis all make mean faces.…

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John Wick (2014)

Pretty standard revenge story. The violence, polished visual style, and ambient funk rock techo laid on top of just about every scene helps to hide that this is a pretty boring and thin storyline. Reeves looks pretty cool, and it’s obvious that he did a lot of tactical training for…

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Sully (2016)

It’s a dramatic real-life story, but maybe it’s not dramatic enough for a movie. Eastwood did what he could with the source material, but I’m just not sure there’s enough there. Not sure that all the flashbacks improved the story. If they did anything, they distracted from the fact that…

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Kind of interesting, but it’s all a bit weird. The story doesn’t really build, it just kind of hovers in this unfamiliar, unstable place where you’re not really sure what’s going to happen next or what ever should happen next. It sort of delivers in the end. Ejiofor and Tautou…

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Lame story, good effects, a few small giggles. The girls have good chemistry. McKinnon’s got some talent. Appreciated all the cameos.

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Tickled (2016)

Interesting and a bit scary. Farrier’s careful organization of the content and casual and friendly eloquence makes it a pleasure to watch.

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Hell or High Water (2016)

Another story about the Texas cop smarter than all the rest, like No Country for Old Men and Nocturnal Animals. Overrated. Pretty good shootout scene, but not much else. Story is thin, decent performances. Is Ben Foster trying to look shittier with every passing year?

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Exam (2009)

Noble effort to make a small, claustrophobic drama like 12 Angry Men, but the mood is ruined by the characters trying to outcool each other with dialogue. Whoever was pulling focus on this film should be fired. Many of the closeups are distractingly blurry.

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Marley & Me (2008)

Polished and easy to like with all of the fun actors, but it’s a bit weird thematically. This is a tragedy disguised as a comedy.

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