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Catching Up Reviews: FURY (***½), JOHN WICK (***½), STRETCH (***) and MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN (**½)

So let's begin with Keanu and a puppy. ()

So let’s begin with Keanu and a puppy. (Source)

All right, let’s just get down to business (to defeat the Hun). Here are four films that I’ve seen in the past month and never got around to writing up. Two are good, one is fair, and one is a pretty massive disappointment–and I’m not the only one who felt that way.

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THE IDENTICAL Review – *

Always a good sign when your star is billed 7th. ()

Always a good sign when your star is billed 7th. (Source)

The Identical is the sort of film that makes you wonder: can a film be considered inspirational when it has no discernible message? For a film funded by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, with a preacher as a major protagonist and the tagline “If He is in your dreams, nothing can stand against them”, it contains nothing that could reasonably inspire anyone, or even validate their faith. It’s a ridiculous film, one of the biggest wastes of a premise I can think of it, one of the most truly pointless films to ever attract (somehow) a cast this good.

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Trailer Salad II: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH, LEVIATHAN, WINTER SLEEP, THE IDENTICAL, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS (slightly NSFW), THE HUMBLING, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, TUSK, and Posters for SHELTER and MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

Have I not said enough about how great Pigeon will be already? Do you need more evidence? Anyone want a shrimp sandwich and a beer, for free?

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SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Review – **

Sure, put Willis on the poster even though he's barely in the damn thing. #TeamPowersBoothe ()

Sure, put Willis on the poster even though he’s barely in the damn thing. #TeamPowersBoothe (Source)

I didn’t get to see the original Sin City in theaters, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it beginning to end–but I know of its painstaking stylization, its grotesque violence, its gruesomely tragic characters. I liked it. But when the sequel was announced, and delayed and delayed, finally being pushed back from last October to last Friday, one might reasonably have assumed the worst. It proceeded to flop horribly, opening in 8th place (the original opened at 1st), and received mixed-to-negative reviews. And there’s a reason for that: it’s not a very good film. There are many reasons why it’s not a very good film, but most fundamental is this: very few of the people involved seemed to believe in what they were doing. I’m not even sure if Miller and Rodriguez did.

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