James Rodrigues

Film fanatic and aspiring critic who hasn't seen Gone With The Wind, but has caught at least 10 Pokémon movies. Go figure.

Favorite films

  • Magnolia
  • Halloween
  • Moonlight
  • Near Dark

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  • Encino Man

    ★★

  • Smile

    ★★★★

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

  • The Harbinger

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  • Encino Man

    Encino Man

    ★★

    Two high school misfits discover a frozen caveman buried in their back garden, so decide to help him fit in to 90s California and hopefully become more popular as a result. Sean Astin feels miscast as Dave, an entitled teen who believes he deserves the girl he's loved since childhood, to the point he carries a photo of them as naked kids. Pauly Shore plays his best friend Stoney, and his shtick quickly gets irritating. Thank goodness for the magnetic…

  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★★★

    For his feature directorial debut, Parker Finn has crafted a truly unsettling delight. Through the lens of a curse in the vein of The Ring or It Follows, this film explores trauma and the way it can affect peoples lives, while also delivering well-executed scares. Led by a tremendous performance by Sosie Bacon, aided by an ever-reliable Kyle Gallner, this is a great horror flick that may leave you grinning.

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  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★

    Danny Boyle delivers a brilliant central premise that feels well thought out and fully realized, with the cast giving great performances for their good characters. However, the final act feels like it's been taken from an entirely different film and some of the characters could've done with a bit more development.

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    The future world is an irradiated waste land. Somewhere off an eastern coast lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban police force known simply as the "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of a dangerous drug epidemic named "Slo-Mo".…