Saturday, 28 February 2009

Book Review: The Third Terrorist - The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing, by Jayna Davis (2004)


Conspiracy theories often arise due to what can be called the "disproportionate impact" principle -- the ability of seemingly small forces to cause an impact much larger than their apparent strength.

Hence, we have trouble accepting that lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald can slay President John Kennedy, the popular leader of the free world; or that something as mundane as a car accident can take the life Princess Diana, the most glamorous woman in the world; or that a small group of unsophisticated cave-dwelling extremists can contrive to topple two high-rises in downtown Manhattan, and damage a large part of the nerve-centre of the world's largest military on the same day. Larger, darker, stronger forces must be at work for these plots to succeed. A well-hidden conspiracy.

Until the morning of September 11, 2001, the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was the largest terrorist attack on United States soil. A total of 168 people were killed when a rented Ryder truck, packed with 2,800 kilograms of explosives, detonated in front of the building. Two anti-government Americans, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were convicted of the crime, with McVeigh executed by lethal injection and Nichols sentenced to a life behind bars.

McVeigh never tried to hide his role and motives, and admitted his desire for waging war against the government, in retaliation for what he perceived to be injustices committed by the government, including the siege in Waco, Texas (which ended in a bloody mess on April 19, 1993), and the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident in Idaho.

Can two unsophisticated home-grown extremists with a deep hatred for their own government bring down a federal building and kill 168 innocent people, including 19 children? This seemingly disproportionate impact, fuelled by the subsequent events of September 11 2001 and increased awareness of terrorist acts driven by Islamic fundamentalism, has sprouted conspiracy theories about a much larger plot behind McVeigh and Nichols.

In The Third Terrorist, local television journalist Jayna Davis tries to breathe life into a larger conspiracy behind the Murrah Federal Building bombing, primarily involving a group of Iraqis and Palestinians. This obviously became a personal quest for Davis, and she soon crosses the line from reporting on events to being involved in them. That Davis is out of her depth is painfully apparent. She comes close to breathlessly labeling anyone with a connection to any Middle Eastern country as a potential terrorist, and she repeatedly tags the Palestinian Liberation Organization as a terrorist group -- likely the limit of her understanding of the Middle East. Despite her naivete, she clearly believes in her cause, and goes to extraordinary lengths to try and piece together a credible conspiracy narrative.

Ultimately, she fails. For all the grand effort, Davis' work - and book - eventually falls apart into a jumbled series of individual incidents and unreliable and unsubstantiated witness reports that do not even come close to forming a cohesive plot. By the time this book was published in 2004, close to decade after the bombing, Davis had nowhere near the necessary perspective to be able to stand back and objectively assess and critique the evidence. As painful as it often is to admit, small forces can sometimes cause a disproportionate amount of very severe damage.

I have been to the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, and visited the National Memorial and the Museum which now occupy the site. I was quite struck by the context of the location of the tragedy; in the densest part of the downtown of the City. The Murrah building used to stand in an area characterized by short blocks, closely surrounded by other office buildings.

The outdoor Memorial is a truly moving experience, and the Museum provides an excellent context to the tragic events of April 19 1995. The attack, in what is literally the heartland of America, far away from the national centres of power, politics and the economy, caused a very deep local scar.

It is understandable that this creates a need to generate greater, more evil outside forces, beyond two American men who lost their respect for their federal government.

Unfortunately, the tragedy of conspiracy theories is that ultimately, they divert the energy of well-intentioned people like Jayna Davis from pursuing the real stories that could result in a better understanding of the true causes of evil -- and the actions needed to counter-act them.





Published in soft-cover by Nelson Current.

340 pages plus Notes and Index.

Monday, 23 February 2009

CD Review: Blooddrunk, by Children of Bodom (2008)


There is the unmistakable stench of borrowed ideas mixed with lazy drift on Blooddrunk, the 6th studio album from Finland's Children Of Bodom. After the brilliant Are You Dead Yet? (2005), the band appears to have hit a pretty solid wall. You have to be really worried when one of the freshest sounding tracks on the CD is the cover of Ghost Riders In The Sky, from way back in 1949.

Almost every Alexi Laiho riff that's worth listening to on Blooddrunk appears to be lifted from previous entries in the band's catalogue, and the riffs that don't sound familiar are fractured, rushed, and simply unmemorable. Janne Wirman's keyboards are equally uninspired, and the overall level of energy and song composition is just lacking.

The CD offers up one classic song that is worthy of the Bodom name: Banned From Heaven delivers an epic mid-tempo melody that proceeds with a strong sense of purpose and reminds us what the band may still be capable of. In other words, Banned from Heaven deserves to be on almost any other Bodom CD except this one.

Otherwise the songs stumble through and are typically not much better than middling. Lobodomy sets a low in pure inane irritation.

Children Of Bodom's next CD needs to be a strong and sober comeback statement, otherwise we could be witnessing the quick demise of a once proud institution.

Band:

Janne Wirman - Keyboards
Roope Latvala - Guitars
Henkka Blacksmith - Bass
Jaska Raatikainen - Drums
Alexi Laiho - Vocals, Guitars

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Hellhounds On My Trail - 7
2. Blooddrunk - 7
3. Lobodomy - 5
4. One Day You Will Cry - 7
5. Smile Pretty For The Devil - 7
6. Tie My Rope - 7
7. Done With Everything, Die For Nothing - 8
8. Banned From Heaven - 10
9. Roadkill Morning - 7
10. Ghostriders In The Sky - 8

Average: 7.30

Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Mikko Karmila.
Mastered by Mika Jussila

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Saturday, 21 February 2009

Movie Review Index: The Ace Black Blog


Most recent additions:

Jun 24 2017: You Again (2010)

Jun 24 2017: I Give It A Year (2013)
Jun 21 2017: The Counselor (2013)
Jun 20 2017: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Jun 19 2017: The Secret Of Convict Lake (1951)

Below is the linked index to all movies reviewed on the Ace Black Blog, in chronological order. The index for selected movie stars is here.

1931 (3 reviews)
Little Caesar (1931)
Mata Hari (1931)
The Public Enemy (1931)

1932 (2 reviews)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Scarface (1932)

1933 (3 reviews)
King Kong (1933)
Little Women (1933)
Queen Christina (1933)

1934 (2 reviews)
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)

1935 (4 reviews)
The Call Of The Wild (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
Top Hat (1935)

1936 (3 reviews)
Camille (1936)
The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936)
The Petrified Forest (1936)

1937 (3 reviews)
Marked Woman (1937)
A Star Is Born (1937)
Stella Dallas (1937)

1938 (4 reviews)
The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938)
Algiers (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Test Pilot (1938)

1939 (11 reviews)
Dark Victory (1939)
Eternally Yours (1939)
Golden Boy (1939)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Love Affair (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Ninotchka (1939)
The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (1939)
The Rains Came (1939)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
The Women (1939)

1940 (15 reviews)
Boom Town (1940)
Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940)
Dark Command (1940)
The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Pride And Prejudice (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
The Return Of Frank James (1940)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
The Sea Hawk (1940)
They Drive By Night (1940)
Torrid Zone (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
The Westerner (1940)

1941 (11 reviews)
Ball Of Fire (1941)
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
High Sierra (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Manpower (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Sundown (1941)
Suspicion (1941)
They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

1942 (12 reviews)
Across The Pacific (1942)
The Black Swan (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
The Major And The Minor (1942)
The Male Animal (1942)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
The Spoilers (1942)
This Above All (1942)
Woman Of The Year (1942)
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

1943 (10 reviews)
Action In The North Atlantic (1943)
Crash Dive (1943)
For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943)
Gung Ho! (1943)
Jane Eyre (1943)
Madame Curie (1943)
The North Star (1943)
The Outlaw (1943)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Sahara (1943)

1944 (11 reviews)
Cover Girl (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
Gaslight (1944)
Laura (1944)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Passage To Marseille (1944)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
To Have And Have Not (1944)

1945 (4 reviews)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Spellbound (1945)
The Valley Of Decision (1945)

1946 (11 reviews)
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Duel In The Sun (1946)
Gilda (1946)
Great Expectations (1946)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Killers (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
Whistle Stop (1946)

1947 (10 reviews)
Dark Passage (1947)
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Dishonored Lady (1947)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)
The Hucksters (1947)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Life With Father (1947)
Out Of The Past (1947)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)

1948 (10 reviews)
3 Godfathers (1948)
Easter Parade (1948)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Fort Apache (1948)
Key Largo (1948)
Pitfall (1948)
Red River (1948)
Rope (1948)
The Time Of Your Life (1948)
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

1949 (11 reviews)
Adam's Rib (1949)
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
Come To The Stable (1949)
Flamingo Road (1949)
Holiday Affair (1949)
On The Town (1949)
Outpost In Morocco (1949)
Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949)
The Third Man (1949)
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
White Heat (1949)

1950 (14 reviews)
All About Eve (1950)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
The Big Lift (1950)
Born Yesterday (1950)
Bright Leaf (1950)
Father Of The Bride (1950)
Harvey (1950)
Kansas Raiders (1950)
Sierra (1950)
Summer Stock (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Three Little Words (1950)
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950)

1951 (11 reviews)
The African Queen (1951)
An American In Paris (1951)
Home Town Story (1951)
The House On Telegraph Hill (1951)
The Racket (1951)
Rawhide (1951)
Royal Wedding (1951)
The Secret Of Convict Lake (1951)
Strangers On A Train (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Tomahawk (1951)

1952 (12 reviews)
Affair In Trinidad (1952)
The Bad And The Beautiful (1952)
The Belle Of New York (1952)
Bend Of The River (1952)
The Big Trees (1952)
High Noon (1952)
The Lusty Men (1952)
Monkey Business (1952)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
The Snows Of Kilimanjaro (1952)
With A Song In My Heart (1952)

1953 (15 reviews)
The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T (1953)
Affair With A Stranger (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Beat The Devil (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
From Here To Eternity (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)
Julius Caesar (1953)
Mogambo (1953)
The Robe (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Shane (1953)
Torch Song (1953)
The Wild One (1953)

1954 (18 reviews)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Bengal Brigade (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
Dial M For Murder (1954)
Executive Suite (1954)
The Far Country (1954)
Garden Of Evil (1954)
It Should Happen To You (1954)
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Phffft (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
River Of No Return (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Vera Cruz (1954)

1955 (13 reviews)
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
The Desperate Hours (1955)
East Of Eden (1955)
Guys And Dolls (1955)
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
To Catch A Thief (1955)

1956 (14 reviews)
Baby Doll (1956)
Bus Stop (1956)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Giant (1956)
The Harder They Fall (1956)
High Society (1956)
The Indian Fighter (1956)
Lust For Life (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
Serenade (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Tea And Sympathy (1956)
Trapeze (1956)

1957 (13 reviews)
3:10 To Yuma (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
An Affair To Remember (1957)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Gunfight At The OK Corral (1957)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Jet Pilot (1957)
Legend Of The Lost (1957)
Love In The Afternoon (1957)
Paths Of Glory (1957)
The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)
Silk Stockings (1957)
Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

1958 (10 reviews)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Indiscreet (1958)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
The Proud Rebel (1958)
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Vertigo (1958)

1959 (12 reviews)
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
Ben Hur (1959)
The Gazebo (1959)
North By Northwest (1959)
The Nun's Story (1959)
Operation Petticoat (1959)
Our Man In Havana (1959)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

1960 (10 reviews)
The Apartment (1960)
Five Branded Women (1960)
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
Inherit The Wind (1960)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Millionairess (1960)
Ocean's 11 (1960)
Psycho (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
The Sundowners (1960)

1961 (10 reviews)
Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)
The Guns Of Navarone (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
The Misfits (1961)
Paris Blues (1961)
A Raisin In The Sun (1961)
Splendor In The Grass (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
The Young Savages (1961)

1962 (13 reviews)
Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)
Cape Fear (1962)
Dr. No (1962)
The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse (1962)
Gypsy (1962)
How The West Was Won (1962)
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
Sweet Bird Of Youth (1962)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)

1963 (13 reviews)
55 Days At Peking (1963)
The Birds (1963)
Charade (1963)
From Russia With Love (1963)
The Great Escape (1963)
Hud (1963)
Irma La Douce (1963)
Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)
McLintock! (1963)
My Six Loves (1963)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Sunday In New York (1963)
The V.I.P.s (1963)

1964 (11 reviews)
Circus World (1964)
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Fail-Safe (1964)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Goldfinger (1964)
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
The Killers (1964)
Marnie (1964)
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Massacre At Grand Canyon (1964)
Zorba The Greek (1964)

1965 (12 reviews)
Battle Of The Bulge (1965)
Do Not Disturb (1965)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
God Forgives...I Don't! (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)
Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)
To Sir, With Love (1967)
The War Wagon (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)

1968 (17 reviews)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Anzio (1968)
Between God, The Devil And A Winchester (1968)
Bullitt (1968)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Commandos (1968)
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
If....(1968)
Funny Girl (1968)
The Moment To Kill (1968)
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
The Party (1968)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
This Man Can't Die (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)

1969 (13 reviews)
Boot Hill (1969)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Death Of A Gunfighter (1969)
Downhill Racer (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
The Stranger's Gundown (1969)
Sweet Charity (1969)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Telefon (1977)
The Turning Point (1977)

1978 (16 reviews)
Animal House (1978)
The Boys From Brazil (1978)
Coma (1978)
Damien: Omen II (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Driver (1978)
Eyes Of Laura Mars (1978)
Grease (1978)
Halloween (1978)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Midnight Express (1978)
Straight Time (1978)
Terror Storm (1978)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
The Wild Geese (1978)

1979 (17 reviews)
1941 (1979)
Agatha (1979)
Alien (1979)
...And Justice For All (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Being There (1979)
Chapter Two (1979)
The China Syndrome (1979)
The Electric Horseman (1979)
Hair (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Mad Max (1979)
Moonraker (1979)
Norma Rae (1979)
Rocky II (1979)
The Warriors (1979)

1980 (15 reviews)
Airplane! (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Brubaker (1980)
The Changeling (1980)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Fame (1980)
Gloria (1980)
The Island (1980)
Melvin And Howard (1980)
Nine To Five (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
The Shining (1980)
1981 (17 reviews)
Absence Of Malice (1981)
Arthur (1981)
Blow Out (1981)
Body Heat (1981)
Chariots Of Fire (1981)
Escape From New York (1981)
Escape To Victory (1981)
Excalibur (1981)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Gallipoli (1981)
Looker (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Star Wars Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Tender Mercies (1983)
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Trading Places (1983)
WarGames (1983)

1984 (22 reviews)
Against All Odds (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Body Double (1984)
Conan The Destroyer (1984)
Footloose (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Gremlins (1984)
Johnny Dangerously (1984) 
The Karate Kid (1984)
Missing In Action (1984)
The Natural (1984)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
A Passage To India (1984)
Places In The Heart (1984)
Red Dawn (1984)
Romancing The Stone (1984)
The River (1984)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Terminator (1984)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

1985 (20 reviews)
After Hours (1985)
Back To The Future (1985)
Brazil (1985)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Clue (1985)
Commando (1985)
Jagged Edge (1985)
The Jewel Of The Nile (1985)
The Man With One Red Shoe (1985)
Missing In Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Murphy's Romance (1985)
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Out Of Africa (1985)
Pale Rider (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
A Room With A View (1985)
A View To A Kill (1985)
Silverado (1985)
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
Year Of The Dragon (1985)

1986 (21 reviews)
9½ Weeks (1986)
About Last Night...(1986)
Aliens (1986)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Color Of Money (1986)
The Delta Force (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
The Fly (1986)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Iron Eagle (1986)
Legal Eagles (1986)
The Money Pit (1986)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
No Mercy (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Platoon (1986)
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Salvador (1986)
Stand By Me (1986)
Top Gun (1986)


Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (1997)

1998 (20 reviews)
Armageddon (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A Cool Dry Place (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Elizabeth (1998)
Enemy Of The State (1998)
The Last Days Of Disco (1998)
The Mask Of Zorro (1998)
Out Of Sight (1998)
The Newton Boys (1998)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Ronin (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
The Siege (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
Twilight (1998)
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Wild Things (1998)

1999 (27 reviews)
8mm (1999)
American Beauty (1999)
American Pie (1999)
Analyze This (1999)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Bowfinger (1999)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Cruel Intentions (1999)
End Of Days (1999)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Hurricane (1999)
Magnolia (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
The Mummy (1999)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Payback (1999)
Random Hearts (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Proof Of Life (2000)
Rules Of Engagement (2000)
Space Cowboys (2000)
What Women Want (2000)


2004 (27 reviews)
13 Going On 30 (2004)
50 First Dates (2004)
The Alamo (2004)
Alexander (2004)
Along Came Polly (2004)
The Aviator (2004)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Closer (2004)
Collateral (2004)
Crash (2004)
Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
Kinsey (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Mean Girls (2004)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Ray (2004)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Shall We Dance? (2004)
Sideways (2004)
Spanglish (2004)
Starsky And Hutch (2004)
Taking Lives (2004)
Troy (2004)
Wimbledon (2004)

2005 (25 reviews)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Bewitched (2005)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Broken Flowers (2005)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Domino (2005)
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Hitch (2005)
The Interpreter (2005)
Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Lord Of War (2005)
Metal - A Headbanger's Journey (2005)
Munich (2005)
Must Love Dogs (2005)
Prime (2005)
Red Eye (2005)
Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Syriana (2005)
Thank You For Smoking (2005)
V For Vendetta (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
Wedding Crashers (2005)


Ghost Town (2008)

2009 (49 reviews)
2012 (2009)
Adventureland (2009)
Amreeka (2009)

Winter's Bone (2010)
You Again (2010)
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

2011 (46 reviews)
360 (2011)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
The Artist (2011)
Bad Teacher (2011)
The Beaver (2011)
Bridesmaids (2011)
Carnage (2011)
Colombiana (2011)
Contagion (2011)
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
The Double (2011)
Dream House (2011)
Drive (2011)
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (2011)
Friends With Benefits (2011)
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Help (2011)
Horrible Bosses (2011)
I Am Number Four (2011)
I Don't Know How She Does It (2011)
The Ides Of March (2011)
The Iron Lady (2011)
Limitless (2011)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
The Mechanic (2011)
Midnight In Paris (2011)
Moneyball (2011)
The Muppets (2011)
My Week With Marilyn (2011)
New Year's Eve (2011)
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)
Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)
A Separation (2011)
Shame (2011)
Something Borrowed (2011)
Source Code (2011)
Texas Killing Fields (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Tower Heist (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Unknown (2011)
Water For Elephants (2011)
We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Your Sister's Sister (2011)

2012 (45 reviews)
Arbitrage (2012)
Argo (2012)
Arthur Newman (2012)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
Bullet To The Head (2012)
The Cold Light Of Day (2012)
The Company You Keep (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
End Of Watch (2012)
Flight (2012)
For Greater Glory (2012)
Hitchcock (2012)
Hope Springs (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
The Impossible (2012)
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Lawless (2012)
Life Of Pi (2012)
Lincoln (2012)
Magic Mike (2012)
The Master (2012)
Mirror Mirror (2012)
Les Misérables (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Parental Guidance (2012)
The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)
Prometheus (2012)
Rock Of Ages (2012)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Safe House (2012)
Savages (2012)
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012)
The Sessions (2012)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Skyfall (2012)
Spring Breakers (2012)
Ted (2012)
To Rome With Love (2012)
Total Recall (2012)
Trouble With The Curve (2012)
The Vow (2012)
Wanderlust (2012)
What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

2013 (36 reviews)
12 Years A Slave (2013)
About Time (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
August: Osage County (2013)
Blood Ties (2013)
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Broken City (2013)
The Butler (2013)
The Call (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Devil's Knot (2013)
Enough Said (2013)
Gangster Squad (2013)
Gravity (2013)
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Her (2013)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
I Give It A Year (2013)
Identity Thief (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Killing Season (2013)
Labor Day (2013)
Last Love (2013)
The Last Stand (2013)
Lovelace (2013)
Movie 43 (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Philomena (2013)
Prisoners (2013)
Rush (2013)
Side Effects (2013)
Snitch (2013)
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

2014 (46 reviews)
5 Flights Up (2014)
5 to 7 (2014)
American Sniper (2014)
And So It Goes (2014)
Big Eyes (2014)
Birdman (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
The Equalizer (2014)
Ex Machina (2014)
The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Foxcatcher (2014)
Fury (2014)
Gone Girl (2014)
Good Kill (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
If I Stay (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Inherent Vice (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
The Interview (2014)
The Judge (2014)
Laggies (2014)
Love And Mercy (2014)
Lucy (2014)
Magic In The Moonlight (2014)
Men, Women, And Children (2014)
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
The Monuments Men (2014)
A Most Violent Year (2014)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Non-Stop (2014)
Rudderless (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
Selma (2014)
Still Alice (2014)
The Theory Of Everything (2014)
Two Days One Night (2014)
Unbroken (2014)
A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)
While We're Young (2014)
Whiplash (2014)
Wild (2014)
Winter's Tale (2014)

2015 (32 reviews)
45 Years (2015)
The Big Short (2015)
A Bigger Splash (2015)
Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Brooklyn (2015)
Carol (2015)
Cinderella (2015)
Concussion (2015)
The Danish Girl (2015)
Danny Collins (2015)
Demolition (2015)
Everest (2015)
Eye In The Sky (2015)
Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
The Gunman (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
I'll See You In My Dreams (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
Joy (2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Martian (2015)
McFarland (2015)
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
Room (2015)
Self/less (2015)
Sicario (2015)
Spotlight (2015)
Spy (2015)
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Woman In Gold (2015)

2016 (31 reviews)
The Accountant (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Deadpool (2016)
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Free State Of Jones (2016)
The Girl On The Train (2016)
Gold (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Hell Or High Water (2016)
Hidden Figures (2016)
A Hologram For The King (2016)
Inferno (2016)
Jackie (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
La La Land (2016)
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Lion (2016)
Live By Night (2016)
Love And Friendship (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Manchester By The Sea (2016)
Maudie (2016)
Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Money Monster (2016)
The Nice Guys (2016)
Passengers (2016)
The Promise (2016)
Snowden (2016)
Sully (2016)
War Dogs (2016)

2017 (8 Reviews)
Beauty And The Beast (2017)
The Circle (2017)
Get Out (2017)
Gifted (2017)
Life (2017)
Megan Leavey (2017)
The Wall (2017)
Wonder Woman (2017)


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