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Updated a few times a week with illustrations, or gifs, and a short review. The score is a streamlined version of the five star system. Five stars means it's good; worth seeing. Three stars means it's mediocre; don't see it. And one star means it's terrible; but in that so-bad-it's-good way.  visit:goodmoviesandbadmovies.com
 
Porco Rosso - ★★★★★
PORCO ROSSO gets better on repeated viewings. Maybe that’s because not much happens in the way of plot, or that the main character is inexplicably a pig. Whatever it takes, once you settle in the film is pretty much perfect. The night when Marco tells the story of how he turned into a pig and how all of his pilot friends died is one of the best in movie history. And it’s in a film about a flying pig. Hayao Miyazaki is the best.
 
The Ambassador - ★★★★★
The AMBASSADOR is a Danish documentary that sees its star, and director posing as a Liberian diplomat to smuggle diamonds out of the Central African Republic. Using backdoor channels to become a diplomat he then pays off heads-of-state, ministers, and business owners with “happiness envelopes” to delve further into the underworld. Part of the films appeal is in the real danger that director Mads Brugger puts himself through. At any moment he could be taken for the phoney he is. While not too deep and a little obnoxious, the unusual guerrilla-style approach to foreign diplomacy is refreshing.
 
The Lego Movie - ★★★★★
THE LEGO MOVIE uses the most cutting edge computer graphics to purposely resemble stop motion animation. It’s the best of both worlds. The look is charming and the film is filled with great gags. But…one terrible section threatens to ruin everything. The Lego people enter the human world. It is almost too lame for words. Maybe in the sequel they’ll cut out that fluff.
 
Under The Skin - ★★★★★
Scarlett Johansson lures towney Scottish men into black goop for unexplained alien reasons. Or, amazing score, excellent visuals and just enough plotting make this abstract-ish sci-fi road-movie very worth seeing.
 
The Wind Rises - ★★★★★
Don’t be confused by the lower-than-usual reviews – THE WIND RISES is Hayao Miyazaki at his best. His flight-focused, antagonist-less films have their purest form yet in the story of Jiro Horikoshi. It’s about fighter plane inventors, yes, but it’s really about the nature of passion, when the drive to create and out-do is more important than anything else. The Wind Rises is artistic, inspiring and unlike anything else.
 
American Hustle - ★★★
There’s no denying that AMERICAN HUSTLE is funny, and that most of the people involved are talented. However, the final film is a jumbled, uneven, accent-a-thon with about two dozen montages. I used to think that REAL GENIUS had the most montages. This movie more than doubled the record. Also, the costumes are over-the-top annoying. We get it the 70s were gaudy.
 
Frances Ha - ★★★★★
This one works. It isn’t as misshapen as GREENBERG. It’s not as mean as MARGOT AT THE WEDDING. It’s not as funny as THE SQUID AND THE WHALE. But, it does work – Maybe better than any of Noah Baumbach’s other films. There is finally some warmness—most likely thanks to star/cowriter Greta Gerwig. She smiles even when she isn’t sure what’s happening. It’s not saccharine and it’s not a compromise. As far as collaborators go, Gerwig is about a billion times better than Eric Stoltz.
 
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie - ★★★★★
Imagine you’re the owner of a burlesque with bizarre stage numbers and a ring-leader in a top hat who’s the centerpiece, not the topless girls. You get yourself into a pretty sizable gambling debt and your debtor is the mafia. They make you take a hit out on a rival gang leader. Every possible road is no good.  Crime movies rarely take such extended detours, and rarely are protagonists, even doomed ones, worse off than Cosmo Vitelli.
 
Hard Ticket to Hawaii - ★
A B-movie with rocket launchers, remote controlled helicopters, playboy playmates, frequent nudity, nunchucks, a killer frisbee, and a radioactive snake side plot. Every five minutes or so something ridiculous happens, such as: a hippie riding a skateboard on his hands, a non sequitur of a greased up woman doing karate, A guy riding a motorcycle through a wall, a random racist sports broadcast etc.
 
I, Frankenstein - ★
No joke I, FRANKENSTEIN starts with a recap of events from Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. While the creature is burying the creator he gets attacked by demons, and then gargoyles swoop in and they all start doing martial arts. It’s insane. The film is a dead-serious literary sequel with kung-fu. Also, word is Aaron Eckhart is a method actor and while he was on set he “was Frankenstein.” Keep that in mind while you watch the movie. There is no winking involved, just straight so-bad-it’s-good movie-making. The bad guys are all in suits and they look like they’re wearing Halloween store Freddy Krueger masks.
 
Three Outlaw Samurai - ★★★★★
If you’re on the fence about seeing SEVEN SAMURAI think about starting with THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI. It’s about half the run time and it’s still good. Each of the titular samurai gets their own distinct persona, and when they finally team up they really do seem more powerful together than apart. A classic samurai film with great pacing, and a solid plot.
 
Edge of Tomorrow - ★★★★★
The central premise of EDGE OF TOMORROW shares many characteristics with a certain 1993 Bill Murray film. Tom Cruise must relive one day over and over again (it happens to be a very D-Day-like military massacre). The quick pace, and numerous giveaways that Cruise has lived and relived scenes the audience, and frequently Emily Blunt, are experiencing for the first time keep the film fresh. Never mind the silly ending—this one is pretty good.