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Chimera Strain
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is a deeply ponderous film that completely took me by surprise. It stars Henry Ian Cusick of Lost fame and Kathleen Quinlan in a small but important role as a evil scientist. Cusick plays a stem cell researcher whose wife had perished of a malady which has also afflicted his children. He wants to freeze them until he finds a cure and starts working on it thanks to his ex boss(Quinlan) who gives him the space and means but has ulterior motives. This is just scratching the surface and the film is deeply layered. The cinematography and acting are top notch, but the director should have cut some scenes- but that's just me.

Failure to Launch
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is a "How not to make a romantic comedy" guide film. Failure to Launch fails at more than just launching. It fails at romance and comedy. It fails to make the lead characters interesting and their love affair believable. And it fails to develop a consistent tone that would enable viewers to suspend their disbelief and be carried away by a simple tale of two people falling for each other. It's difficult to say whether the leads are miscast or whether the parts are badly written (likely a combination of both), but the pairing of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey generates as many sparks as a soaked match in a rainstorm. Not only are these two unromantic, but their characters are self-absorbed and dull. So it's left to the supporting characters to provide Failure to Launch's few, occasional pleasures. (Abysmal comedy romance fare).