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22 Jump Street (2014)
“By acknowledging this is a cash-out for its creative talent after the surprise success of its predecessor, the film still could have been a pile of cynical clichés. Instead the writers, directors, and cast have decided to deliver a quality follow-up that outshines the first film.”
Lucy (2014)
“Lean, violent, sporadically entertaining, and often ridiculous the action comes fast with few breaks for logic, gravity or common reasoning. Even though star Scarlet Johansson doesn't don a superhero outfit, she might as well be playing one. This is Besson doing the superhero genre in his uniquely off-center way.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
“At a swift 100 minutes this retelling manages to score big points with fans of the original and a newer younger generation of viewers, if the inevitable follow-ups are even half as good as this one, I welcome the onslaught of sequels.”

The Monuments Men (2014)
The Monument's Men will be easy viewing for TBS audiences on a cold weekend afternoon, on the silver screen it's weakness are glaring. Clooney has picked a great concept for a film, but this can't be the movie he envisioned when he set out with the right to Robert M. Edsel's book.”
Gone Girl (2014)
“It's tempting to dismiss Gone Girl as topical sensationalism. But Fincher's film is too meticulously crafted to write off as mere exploitation. Unfortunately, it's also incredibly boring.”
Leprechaun: Origins (2014)
“The filmmakers have taken a Jaws approach to their tale, showing the titular monster only in snippets till late in the film. Borrowing a cinematic technique from a more skilled craftsman, creativity does not make. Especially if your whole marketing campaign is based on the name value of the creature and the actor in the suit”

Saw III (2006)
“The torture-minded maniacal master planner, Jigsaw, is back with a new set of deadly death devices and a new group of players in his twisted game of morality and mortality. The third movie in the series of seven, is not as clever or well-though out as the previous sequel, though the squeamish content anne has been upped.”
Interview: Michael Jai White
“I want to take into account the expectations of the moviegoers, I don't want to bore them. We know they have seem similar stuff hundreds and hundreds of times. I don't think that gives the viewer anything interesting.”
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
“...long faded is any suspense or terror in this series, as we watch one unmemorable youngster slaughtered after another. The originality comes in the form of outlandish ways to murder teenagers, and The Dream Child doesn't disappoint on that base level. It also gives us no one to root for, and a villain who makes a mere cameo in his own flick.”

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween 6 has a polished professional sheen to it, the lighting and sound design is impressive and the casting of Paul Rudd is a good choice. But, the third act is so convoluted that it renders the entire film pointless and utterly incomprehensible.”
Vampire Academy (2014)
Vampire Academy want so badly to be the hip, irreverent, genre mash-up that made Buffy so popular. But the film's attempt at coercing laughs or affinity with its heroines is hopeless. The plotting is confused, the never-ending expository sequences are fumbled and the tone veers wildly into odd territory.”
The Fly II (1989)
“Handing the directing reigns over to OSCAR winning make-up effects guru Chris Walas belies the producers intent for this second entry. This is a quickly produced creature feature that lacks the strong horror/tragedy tonal fusion of the 1986 classic.”

The Fly (1986)
“...this effective tale is told in the grand tradition of Man vs. Science flicks from the 1950, given a touch of pathos and outstanding creature effects, all accompanied by a outstanding score from Howard Shore.”
You’re Next (2013)
“I find it hard to sit through the typically moronic, redundant, and gory films that constitute the majority of today's horror offerings. So, I was pleasantly surprised at just how entertaining and (relatively) smart You're Next turned out to be.”
Dark Shadows (2012)
“I'm recommending Dark Shadows because it sets an appropriate tone early on and sticks to it, mixing suicides, blood-sucking, and the abandonment of children, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. This is Burton's most assured work in a long time.”

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