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  • The Nun

    The Nun

    ★★

    Peaks somewhere in its moodier first half-hour before it goes full-throttle on bad VFX scares and inane, repetitive twists. It was obvious enough in the exhausting Conjuring 2, but the titular nun ranks among the all-time worst character designs.

    34/100

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    ★½

    Julian Day's aggressively bad costume design is worst in show in a film where nothing's particularly good; they're the most hilariously anachronistic garbs since the Ben-Hur remake. Taron Egerton's lack of star power is front and center. Jamie Foxx hams it up only to be out-hammed by Ben Mendelsohn. It's all quite terrible, but one of the more mildly amusing Razzie Worst Picture nominees of recent years.

    23/100

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★½

    I wouldn't see another film projected at 48 fps if I were held at gunpoint. In the state of the art venue I saw The Hobbit, the film looked like it was being screened in fast-motion. It was distractingly cartoonish and never managed to trick the eye in the way 24 fps does.

    Issues with the projection aside, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is deeply problematic despite the artistry of its production design, effects and sound work. This story is…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    When confronted with "no more than a hundred" orcs, two of our dwarf protagonists shrug and begin slaughtering them like experts playing a video game on beginner mode. Such moments forego the most basic realities, and they're ultimately what kept The Hobbit from working on film. This is pure fantasy, of course, but plot conveniences and improbabilities eliminate any iota of drama. Once members of the sprawling ensemble finally shed blood, it's jarringly false. These characters have survived the most…