KAR – KIL

THE KARATE KID

5 Star

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THE KARATE KID

Release: Jun 84 – Review: 16 Oct 10
Wax On, Whacks Off.
… yet another retelling of ROCKY. With a hero not so much Italian Stallion as Italian Ferret.

KEANU

7 Star

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KEANU

Release: Apr 16 – Review: 14 Mar 17
The Cat in the Black.
… master sketch comedy duo Key & Peele have made the leap to feature film, like a lion pouncing on a zebra. Or at least like a kitten pouncing on a rubber poo.

KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

6 Star

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KEITH RICHARDS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Release: Sep 15 – Review: 18 Nov 15
The Smoothest Criminal.
Director Morgan Neville perches on Keef’s shoulder, watching him insouciantly lay down tracks for his new solo blues album, while telling tall tales…

KELLY'S HEROES

7 Star

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KELLY’S HEROES

Release: Jun 70 – Review: 1 Mar 06
From Zeroes to Heroes.
Like THE DIRTY DOZEN without the meticulous planning.

KEVORKIAN

7 Star

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KEVORKIAN

Release: Jun 10 – Review: 28 Sep 10
No pain. No gain.
Hardest thing for most people to admit is not that Kevorkian was performing assisted suicides; the hardest thing is to admit he was right.

KICK-ASS

8 Star

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KICK-ASS

Release: Apr 10 – Review: 6 Mar 11
Cuddly Carnage.
…an assault on our superhero complacencies; an adult superhero movie about kid superheroes. Satire, comedy, treachery, anarchy. ULTRA-VIOLENCE. Don’t bring the kids.

KICK-ASS 2

8 Star

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KICK-ASS 2

Release: Aug 13 – Review: 25 Jun 16
Kicks it up a Cerebral Notch.
… a scathing exposition on the real world consequences of superheroing in a world that is more evil and twisted than any comic universe can comprehend.

KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL

2 Star

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KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL

Release: Apr 07 – Review: 26 Sep 09
Shit Kicking.
I guess “comedies” like KICKIN IT OLD SCHOOL must appeal to some kind of illiterate lowbrow unschooled trailer-trash drool-toothed dipsticks, otherwise somebody fellated some major pole to get this greenlighted.

KICKING AND SCREAMING

3 Star

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KICKING AND SCREAMING

Release: May 05 – Review: 17 Jun 06
Aiming Low, Scoring Lower.
As counter-intuitive as it may seem in pitting Duvall against Ferrell as rival coaches, think how absolutely ludicrous it is to place them side by side as actors.

KID

8 Star

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KID

Release: Feb 1921 – Review: 14 Apr 11
Kid Rock.
Think of the cutest thing you ever saw: the kitten from that last YouTube video, Kate Beckinsale’s nose, the minions from DESPICABLE ME… now multiply that cuteness by 1000. You get–Jackie Coogan as THE KID.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

6 Star

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THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Release: Jul 10 – Review: 22 Dec 10
When Aunties Collide.
…two teenage children of a lesbian couple in 1970s Southern California seek out their sperm donor and bring him into their family dynamic, causing untold High Maintenance freakouts.

KILL BILL VOLUME 1

8 Star

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KILL BILL VOLUME 1

Release: Oct 03 – Review: 13 Nov 10
Revenge is a Bumblebee.
…an epic masterpiece of simple brutal story, brutally vicious direction, viciously creative dismemberment, and revenge as cold as liquid nitrogen.

KILL BILL VOLUME 2

8 Star

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KILL BILL VOLUME 2

Release: Apr 04 – Review: 14 Nov 10
Bridal Power.
Like Leone on heat, like Kurosawa on angel dust, like an American pioneer, like a Japanese traditionalist, the KILL BILL saga proves there is only one person who makes movies – like Quentin Tarantino.

THE KILLER

7 Star

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THE KILLER

Release: Jul 89 – Review: 7 Sep 10
If you can see past the bullets…
…iconic action figures do their Peckinpah dance, all pulp and circumstance. They’re not real people, they’re tropes fulfilling story elements in Woo’s tribute to “honor and friendship.”

KILLERS

5 Star

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KILLERS

Release: Jun 10 – Review: 18 Dec 10
Same story, different models.
KILLERS was infinitely more exciting when it was called TRUE LIES. And it was funnier when it was called MR AND MRS SMITH. And didn’t someone just make this movie and call it KNIGHT AND DAY?

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

8 Star

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KILLING THEM SOFTLY

Release: Nov 12 – Review: 27 Jul 13
The Capitalism of Killing.
Writer-director Andrew Dominik approaches an excellence in his writing and direction that is the closest thing to Tarantino without actually lazily copying him…

KIN – KUB

KING DINOSAUR

1 Star

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KING DINOSAUR

Release: Jun 55 – Review: 19 Oct 14
King Dinosaur Dropping.
…four ignorant doofuses travel in a child’s idea of a pointy spaceship, and discover Iowa, coming face to face with a forced-perspective iguana that they squint real hard and pretend is a Tyrannosaurus rex.

KING KONG

7 Star

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KING KONG

Release: Apr 33 – Review: 26 Dec 05
The King Is Dead! Long Live The King!
Unfortunately, instead of aging like a fine wine, it has aged like a Big Mac.

KING KONG 1976

2 Star

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KING KONG 1976

Release: Dec 76 – Review: 1 May 08
Ape-tastrophe!
… a guy in an ape suit walking around like a guy in an ape suit…

KING KONG 2005

10 Star

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KING KONG 2005

Release: Dec 05 – Review: 23 Dec 05
Yes! We Have No Bananas!
Pure entertainment. Twenty-five hairy-bottomed, big-dumb-galoot feet of it. And nothing else..

KING KONG LIVES

2 Star

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KING KONG LIVES

Release: Dec 86 – Review: 18 Jun 14
If by “Lives” you mean “Dies.”
King Kong dies in more ways than one. Dying is easy, making rubber suits look authentic is hard.

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA

4 Star

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KING KONG VS. GODZILLA

Release: Aug 62 – Review: 9 Jun 14
King Kong versus the King Of The Monsters in a battle to the meh!
Maybe in its day KING KONG VS. GODZILLA was the Ali-Frazier of giant creature battles, but now it’s the Batley Townswomen’s Guild reenactment of the battle of Pearl Harbor.

KING OF KINGS

5 Star

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KING OF KINGS

Release: Oct 61 – Review: 24 Jun 06
Jesus: The Man, The Myth, The Model.
… the definitive Catholic document: not really religious, not really holy, not really accurate. Just the way Catholics like it.

KING OF NEW YORK

5 Star

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KING OF NEW YORK

Release: Sep 90 – Review: 19 May 14
SCARFACE Lite, for those watching their gangster waistline.
That old saw about all politicians being criminals is backwards – all criminals are politicians.

THE KING'S SPEECH

9 Star

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THE KING’S SPEECH

Release: Dec 10- Review: 7 Nov 11
A Royale with cheese.
…a fascinating insight into a non-publicized corner of English royal history, revealing a sordid truth deeper than the question of whether the Royals ever go to the toilet.

THE KINGDOM

6 Star

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THE KINGDOM

Release: Sep 07 – Review: 16 Oct 08
My Kingdom for a (war)horse…
If LIONS FOR LAMBS was the cerebral, intelligent take on the Iraq War, THE KINGDOM is the action-packed, piss-your-pants rejoinder…

KINGS OF THE SUN

5 Star

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KINGS OF THE SUN

Release: Dec 63 – Review:11 Jan 14
The Sensitive 2000’s Male… 2000 B.C. that is.
…tries to recreate a point in history when the Mayans learned NOT to sacrifice. It fails in its epic sweep because, uh, well, the Mayans never did learn not to sacrifice. APOCALYPTO this ain’t…

KINSEY

8 Star

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KINSEY

Release: Nov 04 – Review: 4 Apr 06
A Cocksure Man.
Before the opening credits are done, Kinsey has reeled through all of George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words – and then some, showing us exactly which side of the puritan fence this film is going to burn down.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

5 Star

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Release: Aug 16 – Review: 22 May 17
Deus Ex Magica.
… like any story driven by arbitrary magic – this technically brilliant stop-motion animated adventure ends up merely a pointless quest…

KIS – KUN

KISS EXPOSED

8 Star

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KISS EXPOSED

Release: 1987 – Review: 16 Sep 10
The KISStory starts here.
Part history (sorry, KISStory), part mockumentary, part videos (current and vintage), part comedy, part scantily-clad women, EXPOSED is a grab bag of entertainment – like Kiss always promises…

KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK

4 Star

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KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK

Release: Oct 78 – Review: 4 Nov 14
From Superheroes to Superzeroes.
Rock band KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss) valiantly attempt to act in their first feature film, and I think that’s why people call this a horror movie.

KISS MY ASS

7 Star

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KISS MY ASS

Release: 1994 – Review: 23 Sep 14
Kicking Kissed Ass.
…home video release in conjunction with the 1994 album of the same name (Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved), but is a totally different rock animal. Unlike the album, it ain’t a bunch of popular bands doing KISS covers. It’s the Real Thing.

KISS SYMPHONY

7 Star

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KISS SYMPHONY

Release: Apr 03 – Review: 4 Sep 05
Elevator Muzak pumped with testicular dynamite.
It’s Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The… Opera. Like the great Godzilla matchups of old, it’s Kiss versus the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

KISS ROCK THE NATION - LIVE!

7 Star

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KISS ROCK THE NATION – LIVE!

Release: Dec 05 – Review: 1 Jan 14
The new War Machine is now Dressed To Kill.
…as Paul definitively states to the kids in the audience, “We were there for your parents, we were there for your brothers and sisters, and we will be there for you!” – the eternality of KISS will continue to ROCK THE NATION!

KISS: X-TREME CLOSE-UP

8 Star

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KISS: X-TREME CLOSE-UP

Release: Aug 92 – Review: 18 Sep 14
Hardcore hard rock.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS at last shed their 13-17 demo façade, grow a little facial hair, swear like they mean it, and tell it like it really is. Or at least how Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley think it really is.

KISS KISS BANG BANG

7 Star

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KISS KISS BANG BANG

Release: Sep 05 – Review: 5 Jul 10
Lethal Schleppin.’
It’s like LETHAL WEAPON if Riggs and Murtaugh were totally incompetent.

THE KITE RUNNER

7 Star

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THE KITE RUNNER

Release: Dec 07 – Review: 27 Aug 08
A Wimp’s Tale.
…lauded as a movie about redemption. It is not. It is a movie about being a wimp. And how this wimp reconciles himself to being one. I guess that’s what this lily-livered society is now calling “redemption.”

KNIGHT AND DAY

5 Star

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KNIGHT AND DAY

Release: Jun 10 – Review: 11 Dec 10
Mission: Implausible.
As much as it thrills me to see a car flip over and miss Tom Cruise’s head by inches (even though thrills would have magnified had it connected), I’d rather see a story structured around a… well, a story.

KNOCKED UP

7 Star

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KNOCKED UP

Release: Jun 07 – Review: 10 Mar 09
Stretchmark Benchmark.
Not your average “romantic comedy” with the mandatory maudlin marriage message. KNOCKED UP is laser focused on the comedy – cos let’s face it, the “romance” is pretty much over and done once she gets “knocked up”…

KNOWING

8 Star

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KNOWING

Release: Mar 09 – Review: 3 Jul 13
Not Knowing what’s coming next.
…a supernatural mystery thriller ironically best appreciated by those with a Knowing of physical science, rather than by that credulous audience from whence these ideas sprung.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

6 Star

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Release: Mar 17 – Review: 8 Apr 17
Ape-ocalypse Now…
APOCALYPSE NOW meets GODZILLA.

KONGA

3 Star

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KONGA

Release: Mar 61 – Review: 20 Jul 14
You konga be kidding me!
It’s the British King Kong!

KUNG FU PANDA

6 Star

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KUNG FU PANDA

Release: Jun 08 – Review: 21 Dec 08
Movie: Chop Socky. Message: Kung Fooey.
…the awesomeness of the Panda is diluted with the insidiousness of the Pander.

KURT & COURTNEY

6 Star

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KURT & COURTNEY

Release: Feb 98 – Review: 14 Oct 16
Don’t Believe Anything Anymore.
A documentary about Kurt Cobain, as confused, conflicted and depressing as Kurt Cobain.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

5 Star

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KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

Release: May 15 – Review: 6 Oct 16
Montage of Mediocrity.
Kurt Cobain’s life is documented via montage, through journal entries, cartoons, home video, live performances, talking heads and a haze of heroin.