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matt has written 360 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Domestic Disturbance

    Domestic Disturbance

    ★★

    I'd have preferred an entire movie about Buscemi's character. Discussed on Episode 27 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Lucy in the Sky

    Lucy in the Sky

    ★★

    One thing Noah Hawley and Natalie Portman have in common is that I have always thought that they both mostly suck, congratulations to me for being such a smarty.

  • Cat Chaser

    Cat Chaser

    ★★

  • Jake Speed

    Jake Speed

    ★★

    Ok now I remember why I was so disappointed with this as a kid.

  • The Juror

    The Juror

    ★★

    Never would have expected this to involve multiple trips to Guatemala and end in a Mayan temple. Discussed on Episode 23 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Romeo Is Bleeding

    Romeo Is Bleeding

    ★★

    Maybe this is meant as a deliberately heightened quasi-parody of thwarted stupid men in noir, but if so it's not nearly manic or exciting enough, with the exception of whenever Lena Olin is on screen. Should have made a dozen Mona Demarkov movies. Discussed on Episode 22 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Primal Fear

    Primal Fear

    ★★

    Flat and flavorless. I want it on the record that the general affection for this film has always baffled me, and furthermore Norton sucks in it. Discussed on Episode 21 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Copycat

    Copycat

    ★★

  • The Laundromat

    The Laundromat

    ★★

    Even if this clumsy combination of didacticism and drollery was not completely tin-eared and misguided it still wouldn't be an effective distillation of just what the hell is the deal with shell companies and tax evasion and so forth, which remains completely baffling as the credits roll. Also baffling: how anyone managed to talk Streep into doing what she's doing here. Anyway I guess Soderbergh gets one mulligan per decade.

  • Hellmaster

    Hellmaster

    ★★

    I can't believe it: not only did someone make a movie with John Saxon as an immortal Nietzsche-obsessed former academic secretly breeding an army of crazed punk mutants, but also it's fucking boring.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★

    Wish I could forget about this movie LOL etc and so forth!

    Seriously though, yes, I found this cloying and stupid, but more importantly I have a question. We see that not only did The Beatles cease to have existed but that therefore so did Oasis. Cute joke, I see what you did there. But later we find out that there's no such thing as cigarettes, which leads me to ask: was there no tobacco trade...ever? The socioeconomic side effects of this throwaway joke drove me to such incredible distraction that I pretty much could not pay attention to the rest of the movie.

  • A Perfect Murder

    A Perfect Murder

    ★★