Category Archives: 2-Star

Rare Exports (2010, Rated R, 84 minutes, subtitled) 2 out of 5 stars

Very disappointing comedy/fantasy/horror that isn’t quite any of those things. I don’t know much about the origins of the story of Santa Claus, but here the Fins put a twist on it, imagining that he was not a benevolent, gift-doling … Continue reading

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The Howling (1981, 91 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

This is one I had somehow managed to miss when I was a kid, and being a huge Joe Dante (The ‘burbs, Gremlins) fan, I was really looking forward to it. Not to mention it was co-written by John Sayles. … Continue reading

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The Krays (1990, 119 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Disapointing British gangster movie from the early nineties. This movie was fairly well-regarded when it came out, but it hasn’t aged well and didn’t do it for me at all. The movie is based on the true story of twin … Continue reading

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Valhalla Rising (2009, 93 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 stars out of 5

Bleak, brutal, bizarre, at times beautiful, and too often boring. Valhalla Rising follows the journey of One Eye (Mads Mikkelsen), a mute, one eyed (surprise!), Norse warrior. One Eye starts the movie as the prisoner of a group of Vikings. … Continue reading

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Near Dark (1987, 99 minutes, R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

Disappointing western/vampire yarn from the now famous (and Oscar-owning) Kathryn Bigelow. She also co-wrote it. This movie has gained quite a cult following over the years and is one I have long looked forward to finally seeing. It didn’t work … Continue reading

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Kill the Irishman (2011, 106 minutes, Rated R) 2 out of 5 stars

I really thought I would like this movie. Great title. Great cast- Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, fat Val Kilmer, ‘Bobby Bacala’ from The Sopranos and a host of other familiar faces from small roles in every … Continue reading

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Red Hill (2010, 95 minutes, Rated R) 2 out of 5 stars

Cool premise, a good opening, pleasant Australian scenery, but ultimately a pretty bad movie. Aussie cop Shane Cooper (Ryan Kwanten) and his pregnant wife relocate to a small country town after a tragic on-duty incident involving Shane.  Little do they … Continue reading

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