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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever (2014)
“I imagine that Lifetime will see good viewership numbers with this original production, enough so that follow-ups should be in short order. That's nothing to be grumpy over.”
Finding Mrs. Claus (2012)
Finding Mrs. Claus isn't on the level of Love Actually, but it is enjoyable. I've seen a number of holiday themed romantic comedies over the years and there have been far worse. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but for a diverting few hours of entertainment it scores.”
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
“The visual artistry on display is undeniable, and stars, Alba and Green are so beautiful they nearly qualify as their own special effects, but this trip to Sin City should be our last visit.”

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014)
“For those familiar with the story, this retelling will feel out of tune. For those not aware of the late singer's impact, re-listening to her musical catalogue will convey a clearer picture of the artist than anything presented on-screen.”
The Judge (2014)
The Judge is too lightweight and at times too precious for serious OSCAR consideration, but it is solid entertainment for those still impressed by professionals elevating route material through sheer talent.”
St. Vincent (2014)
St. Vincent is definitely a paint-by-the-numbers affair when considering the cliches in writer/director Theodore Melfi's screenplay. The story has a number of distracting subplots that are left with more than a few loose ends. However, by casting talented actors down the line, he has insured himself against the material”

John Wick (2014)
“The action is brilliantly executed and the pacing is thunderous. For those weary of the genre after the god-awful The November Man can rest easy that B-Movie cinema with A-list talent can still result in a genuine guilty pleasure.”
The Book of Eli (2010)
The Book of Eli is the best apocalyptic, futuristic western throwback that I've ever seen. Who would have thought Denzel Washington, an Oscar winner and star of 'important' movies could conquer the wasteland wander role, too? It also reinstates the fact the Allen and Albert Hughes rank among the best American directors.”
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
“The gorgeous cinematography captures astonishing visual landscapes in the urban and rural settings. While the actors prove themselves not only first-rate comedians but top-notch screen presences. I loved this movie.”

Wild Bill (1995)
“The movie is slow-paced and the final shootout is poorly executed. However, this is not a total failure, there are enough interesting scenes that I began to grow frustrated that the screenplay moved in episodic segments with undefined linear continuity.”
Goldeneye (1995)
Goldeneye the 17th Bond film, is an unwieldy beast that sparkles with touches of spectacular filmmaking, but also lumbers through an unworthy third act. Many aficionados site this entry as the best of the Brosnan bond films, I can't count myself among that opinion. ”
Metro (1997)
“...along with the spectacular car chase down the slopping streets of San Francisco elevate this routinely written picture into something special. Along with his previous picture The Nutty Professor, Murphy has found himself again, welcome back Ed.”

Runaway Train (1985)
“This is a brilliantly executed picture that deserves to be recognized for its influence and rediscovered by today's audiences.”
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
“This visually splendid update comes complete with all the bells and whistles associated with big-budget blockbuster filmmaking, but it also has a whimsical humor, and its entertaining as all get out. The ads suggest a The Lord of the Rings type of adventure, but in actuality the product is more akin to The Princess Bride or Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
“The eighth film in the Star Trek series, the second to feature the TNG crew, is a smashing space adventure that exhibits all the finest qualities from the venerable franchise. Slickly produced, tightly directed, and written with maximum efficiency, First Contact is superior to all other Trek movies that have come before.”

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