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Scott has written 9 reviews for films rated ★½ .

  • 21

    21

    ★½

    Here's something you should know about me: If a film is about gambling or stocks, I will watch it repeatedly, no matter how terrible it is. (On the latter front, I re-watch only the last 15 minutes of Trading Places and have seen the dreadful The Secret Of My Success more times than an MIT whiz kid can count.) I have to admit, with no modesty, that the 2008 me nailed this movie:

    Mezrich's book is non-fiction, and perhaps the…

  • Brewster's Millions

    Brewster's Millions

    ★½

    Walter Hill and Richard Pryor totally out of their element. Going to write about this at length down the line...

  • The Company You Keep

    The Company You Keep

    ★½

    Seen at TIFF '12. Capsule here. Excerpt:

    "One thought occurred to me while watching Robert Redford’s latest political drama: 'I’ve underrated the Assayas.' For all the now petty-seeming grousing I did a couple of days ago about Something In The Air, Assayas’ semi-autobiographical film about his experiences as a young leftist radical post-1968, it has about 1,000 times the vitality of The Company You Keep, which distills the twilight of Vietnam-era radicals into a warm cup of sleepytime tea."

  • Cougars, Inc.

    Cougars, Inc.

    ★½

    Watched this beauty for a future Commentary Tracks of the Damned, and was surprised by its energy and confidence in the first 10 minutes, so much so that I nearly rejected doing it as a CTOTD at all. Then the plot kicked in. Try this on for size: a bunch of geeky, sexually inexperienced kids from a boarding school start a business in which smoking hot housewives twice their age pay THEM for sex, not the other way around. Yeah,…

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard

    ★½

    Okay, the review has been posted here: www.avclub.com/articles/a-good-day-to-die-hard,92496/

    Short version: Shockingly bad. Though the sequels have never come close to matching the original, they have at least been consistently pleasing by the gargantuan blockbuster standards. This is dumb as a box of hammers.

  • Alex Cross

    Alex Cross

    ★½

    [To the tune of CSN&Y] When you see the Alex Cross for the first time... You're really filled with regret. Casting trifecta of Perry/Fox/Burns about as bad as it gets.

  • The Playroom

    The Playroom

    ★½

    Anyone who thought The Ice Storm was unsubtle (and I'm one of those people, even though I really like that movie): Check it, yo. So many metaphors to block here. Full review: www.npr.org/2013/02/07/171274190/a-70s-playroom-without-much-room-for-fun

  • Gangster Squad

    Gangster Squad

    ★½

    Released the same weekend as Zero Dark Thirty, and is a far more unambiguous and full-throated defense of extra-legal brutality in pursuit of justice. Not that anyone noticed. Full review here: www.npr.org/2013/01/10/169038864/gangster-squad-law-what-law

  • Safe Haven

    Safe Haven

    ★½

    Grafts a generic police procedural onto the usual sunsets-and-long-walks-on-the-beach Nicholas Sparks scenario, and the two don't mix well. Third-act twist is a doozy, but better to let someone spoil it for you than experience it yourself.