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As a film, Godzilla is perfectly adequate. But that’s the nicest thing I can say about it. It’s always disappointing when a breakthrough director like Gareth Edwards catches the eye of a big studio only to be hired for rote product. Big blockbusters like this tend to swallow filmmakers whole and render them more or less anonymous (see also: J.J. Abrams‘s Star Trek, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim). Edwards’s Monsters was a distinctive movie with real characters and story. His Godzilla is more expensive, but less of a movie. There’s nothing in it we haven’t seen a million times before.

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Dir. Sean Durkin
(2011, R, 101 min)

I understand the general goal of Martha Marcy May Marlene: to show how difficult it is for a young, indoctrinated cult member to readjust to life in the outside world. At that the film succeeds, but it accomplishes that goal early on, after which I waited for it to dig deeper. Director Sean Durkin establishes a slow, eerie rhythm that may be a little too slow, because while it effectively sets the mood it doesn’t generate enough tension. I waited eagerly for it to kick into gear, but it only has one gear.

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