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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 clear 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.”

Terminal Velocity (1994)
Velocity starts out at a breakneck pace and never lets up, it's an exuberant, humorous, and rousing action-adventure. Sheen is well-cast in a role that would have been otherwise occupied by Tom Cruise. Looking back this would be the last straight up action role for the man with tiger's blood, and he's damn good in it.”
The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
The Taking of Beverly Hills is the definition of a cinematic bomb, a movie so inept in every department from technical to artistic that its theatrical release is a bit baffling. This is a lazy, visually murk heist picture with a soundtrack more memorable than the film it accompanies.”
A Breed Apart (1986)
“The always watchable Powers Boothe rescues this nature adventure from the ranks of bomb, just from his steely presence. Hauer, on the other hand appears to be recycling his Blade Runner performance in another setting.”

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