Hipster has written 41 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Disturbia

    Disturbia

    ★★★

    Disturbia doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is, and thank goodness for that. Whilst it plays it safe and conventional in every way - it still somehow manages to entertain and engage for much of its run time. The inherent predictability of this formula would be a letdown if not for efficient storytelling, and a great sense of what makes for good suspense without resorting to graphic gore. This proves a PG-13 film that steers clear of gruesome effects and in-your-face violence can still be interesting and enjoyable ...

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★★

    The visuals in this movie are so damn good, I miss these visuals. We just don’t get them in the MCU Spider-Man movies.

  • Secretary

    Secretary

    ★★★

    so this is what Robert California was doing before Dunder Mifflin? makes sense

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    I just find it hilarious that Venom's motivation for sticking around and saving humanity is "Well I'm a loser on symbiote world but here I can be the coolest kid on the block". He is basically the runt of the symbiotes. I love that they threw that in the movie ... Like just the thought that the symbiotes have a social pecking order of their own. Also, That symbiote vs symbiote fight at the end was a mess to watch but boy did it look expensive.

  • Poetry

    Poetry

    ★★★

    POETRY is, inevitably, a film that strives to be poetic throughout, and yet come the end a few infuriating flaws detract from the experience. The first is the running time, which is way too long for such a slender story. I know this was intended to be a realistic mood piece, dealing with the older generation so that a slow and sedate pace reflects the lives of the characters, but seriously? An hour could easily have been cut out to…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★

    if that dog had belonged to John Wick...we would witness the cruelest xenomorph massacre in the entire franchise.

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★

    Silly name; very smart movie. I don't watch a ton of the horror genre, but this has that rare quality of being scary without the cheap "make you jump" moments, and that was dead on. This is definitely something that people will remember. The filmmaker understands that things barely glimpsed are infinitely more terrifying than the monster in full view. It won't rewrite the book on horror movies, but it offers a fun chapter. Rich in mental metaphor, the monster…

  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2

    ★★★

    This sequel is really a pale shadow of the original. No where near as good as the first but I honestly wasn't really expecting it to be since the first movie was so hard to top. Doesn't knock you off your feet like the first instalment but has enough fast-paced freakishness to merit your time. Tbh, Matthew Vaughn should have written and directed this. I have no idea who chose this other director who hasn't made a good film. It's…

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    ★★★

    Margaret turns out to be, despite a number of flaws, a far more interesting and gripping work than its extremely checkered past might otherwise suggest. This is an America in which nobody listens, the end always justifies the means, and it's always the other guy's fault. Blame is tricky when everyone is failing everyone. The film's imperfections work in the sense that they rhyme with the agitation and sense of dislocation the characters feel. Margaret has some intriguing ideas that…

  • Get Duked!

    Get Duked!

    ★★★

    While "Get Duked!" may lean on stupidity too much for some tastes, it's nevertheless that rarest of movie creatures: a smart dumb comedy. There's a real sense of chaotic energy felt throughout this film. Mimicking the aesthetics of music videos, Snapchat filters and hallucinogenic rabbit poop (don't ask), the film bursts with energy...

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★★

    Apostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that's maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it is a lot stranger, and more disturbing, than you might expect. It'll make you groan and grimace through the torment, but it will get your heart racing in all the right ways, even when it occasionally stumbles over its own ambition.

    While nothing is as virtuosic here as in The Raid movies, Apostle is nevertheless a satisfying, gory, and strange trek…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★

    The Night House is a truly unpredictable experience and there's just as much tension and horror in the very earthly discoveries as the supernatural ones. The horror on display here is so powerful, and Hall's work is so strong, that you're bound to come away from The Night House properly haunted.

    Marrying grief and the horror genre isn't exactly new territory, but in this movie, we see it explored in a much different fashion than before, thanks to an effective…