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April Movies

Moonrise Kingdom was actually the 123rd movie I've watched this year. I started and ended the month with incredible films. It also could have been dubbed the month of Cumberbatch, as I made my way through the first three seasons of the BBC series Sherlock. 
  1. The Imitation Game - A near perfect film. Script, acting and music are amazing. Cumberbatch!
  2. The Drop - Littered with mistakes and red herrings, the film tries for depth the story lacks.
  3. Next Door - Awful Norwegian film with overused premise and awful giveaways.
  4. Killers - Every action plot cliche and gimmick ever, all in one movie. Absolutely ridiculous.
  5. Tiny: A Story about Small Living - Psychobabble aside, great insight into the movement.
  6. Zapped! - Re-watched - Early 80's teen hijinks flick with the Charles in Charge crew.
  7. WolfCop - Shockingly, one of the best B-movies I've seen in a long long time.
  8. Kill The Messenger - Superbly cast and Renner shines, but the last 20 minutes is dreadful.
  9. Godfather II - Re-watched. Top 25 all-time, but those final 45 minutes are magic.
  10. Mama - Re-watched. One of the best horror films of the last decade. Chastain controls it.
  11. The Lunchbox - Amazingly beautiful story, never overstepping its boundaries.
  12. Maniac (1980) - For the budget, still one of the best slasher films ever made. Creepy!
  13. Sherlock (Season 1) - Each episode starts so well, but becomes tedious and silly.
  14. Interstellar - Typical Chris Nolan hype machine. Not 1/100th as complex as advertised.
  15. The Babadook - Nothing new and over-hyped, but it works if you can tolerate the child. 
  16. Sherlock (Season 2) - Better than the first and escalates, but Ep. 1 has Lara Pulver, sigh!
  17. Dogtooth - A bizarre look at obedience, paternal dominance on the danger of naivety.
  18. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 - Not as good as #1, but the music, scenery and action is fun.
  19. Black Sunday - Bava's "classic" is downright awful and boring. Nicely shot, but that is all.
  20. Wing Chun - Martial Arts/Rom-Com (yes really) with Michelle Yeoh. Incredible!
  21. Housebound - New Zealand Horror-Comedy that deliver on every level. 
  22. Bring Me the Head of Machine Gun Girl - Sexy El Mariachi style movie with GTA theme.
  23. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night - Awful attempt at artsy vampire tales, forgets story.
  24. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest - Cute animated tail with global message. Kids will love it.
  25. Lucy - Besson Sci-Fi with Scarjo carrying the whole thing. Fun, but downright silly.
  26. Particle Fever - Higgs particle exploration. For true physicists and science geeks only.
  27. Boy - New Zealand coming of age story, reminiscent of Napolean Dynamite, but much better.
  28. A Most Wanted Man - Miscast spy thriller. Uneven, but Rachel McAdams shines.
  29. My Bloody Valentine (1981) - Cult classic is terrible and not horror in any way.
  30. Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time - Inconsistent, but some is hilarious.
  31. Sherlock (Season 3) - Very few shows get better every episode. Oh and Yasmine Akram!
  32. Big Hero 6 - Wonderful Disney Animation, Touching story, great characters and music!
  33. Nightmares in Red, White & Blue - Politically motivated horror history. Dreadful!
  34. Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson at his best. Honesty meets youth. Possibly his best. 

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