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  • Sword of Trust

    Sword of Trust

    I don't want to review this movie one way or the other because Ms. Shelton is a friend. But I will say that Toby Huss is in it playing a guy named Hog Jaws.

  • New Jack City

    New Jack City

    ★★★

    Fasciating. Inarguably iconic but also actively struggling against its roots as blaxploitation, so much so that it has a really hard time balancing a pretty clumsy cop story with the anger and social anxiety that's clearly on its mind. Nino Brown's SCARFACE narrative has to fight for time with Van Peebles and his crew, none of whom can match Snipes for sheer charisma (no not even Ice-T), not to mention that they're basically ciphers. And the righteous indignation over the…

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  • Fyre

    Fyre

    ★★★

    I don't feel bad for anyone here except the locals, workers, and vendors who never got paid. The rest are social media dupes and con artists. Fuck 'em.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…