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A Gangster’s Word (2013)
A Gangster's Word is a disjointed mess of a movie with unruly story threads and developments that go nowhere. This meshing of all the worst elements from Dangerous Minds, 187, and a lifetime feature results in a suffering affair for anyone with 80 minutes to donate.”
Starship: Rising (2014)
“If I had to describe Starship: Rising by using other films I'd say it's equal parts Star Wars: Episode II, I, Frankenstein and Atlas Shrugged, all of which I consider too history/mythos oriented. Setting up a full fledged world is great, being sure we have a story to tell is better.”
Hercules Reborn (2014)
Hercules Reborn is actually quite good, enough so that with a few more solidly watchable outings like this, Asylum may be able to graduate from their messy rep as the house of low-budget guilty pleasure regurgitations into Lionsgate territory.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
“The fifth Spiderman movie in the last 12 years is actually the best since that original back in the summer of 2002. This absolutely smashing sequel does the seemingly impossible (or at least improbable) feat of besting all the other superhero movies of the year, rendering the previous film irrelevant, and creating genuine excitement for the oncoming third installment of this reboot trilogy.”
The Other Woman (2014)
The Other Woman is a shamefully unfunny comedy that casts two normally appealing actresses and then squander their respective talents on bargain basement physical and verbal antics. If the opening montage set to Etta James' Sunday Kind of Love isn't a tip-off of the routine nature of the film, then the following 100 minutes will be a pleasant surprise to you.”
About Last Night (2014)
“Kevin Hart and Regina Hall steal the show, which exemplifies the pitfalls of this remake. Their characters are supporting players in the stage version and the original film, but this time the featured love affair is so dull and perfunctory that the role players are more interesting.”

Predators (2010)
“The first hour seems to be building towards something, but it eventually becomes obvious that the writers have nothing new or important to add to the series or franchise mythology. Nearly 25 years after the release of Predator, we are still waiting for a worthy follow-up.”
Pure Danger (1996)
“The obvious inspiration here is True Romance, but the intended target is never reached. C. Thomas Howell's jittery performance is more Ratzo Rizzo than Christian Slater, and his direction is adequate at best.”
Brick Mansions (2014)
“I can't really recommend Brick Mansions, but I must confess that it plastered a silly grin on my face for the duration of its brief running-time. This is a supremely simple action flick that serves as popcorn theater, with virtually zero plot and loads of well choreographed physical stunts.”

Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009)
“I wonder how long this script has been floating about the studios? If this had been filmed in 1995 it would have found a bigger audience in the immediate post-Pulp Fiction frenzy. In today's market it seems dated and secondary, a low-level knockoff.”
Asteroid vs. Earth (2014)
“The title Asteroid vs. Earth conjures up wonderful images in the imagination, those are assured to be more entertaining than anything realized on-screen.”
A Fighting Man (2014)
A Fighting Man gives Purcell and his co-stars a great showcase for solid actors delivering understated performances in a movie that is a lot better than the marketing materials suggest.”

Hellion (2014)
“Dealing with themes such as being an outsider, misunderstood, loneliness, broken families and brotherhood bonds Hellion is a true down to earth drama many will relate to. The acting is top notch, especially from the kids. Aaron Paul seems to be channeling a Christian Bale indie performance, but it suits him well.”
All Cheerleaders Die (2013)
All Cheerleaders Die is Bring it On for horror fans with a splash of lesbianism in the likes of D.E.B.S.. This should appeal to the majority of young horror lovers, but there's plenty of satire cutting through the sex and gore for the more adult minded fans. This may be my favorite horror film of the year, and certainly the best I've seen up until this point.”
Animal (2014)
“While the film-making is unimaginative, it is effective and the movie as a whole works. I suppose when you steal from everything that's worked before... Animal is just another monster in the woods movie.”

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