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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★

    60-70 minutes of preamble, then all hell breaks loose.

    I wish they'd just have cut to the chase rather than playing at a war movie (this is no Saving Private Ryan), and pretty much everything goes down as you'd expect; but at least once things hit the fan, they're delightfully crazy.

  • Stargate

    Stargate

    ★★

    "Making intergalactic travel boring again."

    Some basically cool ideas but poorly realized. It kind of makes one weep a bit to see Jaye Davidson go from "The Crying Game" to here -- not a wonder he also stepped away from acting after this. I am also assuming that the "ideas" behind Stargate is what allowed it to become a few different TV series and comics and have some longevity as a franchise despite all the failings of the film.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★★

    ... and yet another jump in Raimi's comedy-horror. Army of Darkness actually has a script and a plot, even if it's rather uncomplicated -- get the book, stop the army, get sent back to one's own time. Maybe the best way to summarize it is to say Army of Darkness actually has a story versus a handful of funny incidents, and all the actions and humor is in service to the story. Raimi also improves on his ability to pace…