Gavin Petty

Gavin Petty

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I have no life.

FYI: Even though Letterboxd uses the 5-star rating standard, I choose to rate out of 4.

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  • The Djinn

    The Djinn

    ★½

    One of the greatest problems with "The Djinn" is that it never goes anywhere you wouldn't expect. Here is a movie that genuinely believes we'll fall for every tired trick in the book of horror filmmaking, and after it runs through that list, it seems to hope we'll be stupid enough - or just exhausted enough from rolling our eyes - to fall for them again. After that, directors David Charbonier and Justin Powell figure they might as well try…

  • The Killing of Two Lovers

    The Killing of Two Lovers

    ★★★

    David is not handling things very well. His body radiates with the tension of a man holding back and not letting go. When we first see him, with his face filled with anguish and anger, he is staring at a woman and a man asleep in bed together. Standing there defeated, David pulls out a pistol, raises it, and aims it at the bed. Before he can summon the nerve or the will to fire, he's interrupted by someone else…

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  • Love, Guaranteed

    Love, Guaranteed

    Imagine the dumbest half-hour sitcom you've ever seen, spin it out to 90 minutes by making it even more thin and shallow, and you have "Love, Guaranteed." This movie is so appalling it doesn't even deserve comparison with sitcoms. It plays like an unendurable TV commercial about beautiful people with great lifestyles and not a thought in their empty little heads. It is an embarrassing comedy, a painful romance, and a truly insufferable romance comedy.

    Only rarely is a film…

  • Vanquish

    Vanquish

    You know it's a bad sign when the opening credits are too long. You know it's an even worse sign when the editing choices lead to most scenes having fades instead of cuts. Not fades to the next scene, mind you, but fades to the next shot. "Vanquish" is one of those movies so dimwitted, so utterly lacking in even the smallest morsel of redeeming value, that you stare at the screen in stunned disbelief. It is moronic beyond comprehension,…