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matt has written 1,161 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Last Train from Gun Hill

    Last Train from Gun Hill

    ★★★

    Probably wouldn't be unfavorably comparing this to GUNMAN'S WALK had I not seen that film so recently, but them's the breaks. Anyway still good.

  • Untraceable

    Untraceable

    ★★★

    Might as well be a backdoor pilot for a CSI spinoff, in its way very tasty. Discussed on Episode 16 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • McQ

    McQ

    ★★★

    In addition to a some great vintage Seattle location work this features Duke Wayne trying to haul his 65-year-old carcass in and out of a super sweet '73 Green Hornet Trans Am. At one point John Sturges cuts -- literally cutting to the chase -- cause it's taking so long.

  • Judgment Night

    Judgment Night

    ★★★

    Which of the following about this very amusing pop artifact is now its most problematic element?

    A) Jeremy Piven's hairline
    B) Its class politics
    C) Denis Leary
    D) Other

  • Satanis: The Devil's Mass

    Satanis: The Devil's Mass

    ★★★

    Nothing but respect for my Lion King.

  • Color of Night

    Color of Night

    ★★★

    Maybe the ultimate Skinemax staple? Discussed on Episode 15 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Traffic

    Traffic

    ★★★

    This is as formally ambitious as ever but seems more crushingly naive and reductive with each passing year.

  • Moving Target

    Moving Target

    ★★★

    Atypical polizio pace and grit applied to a Eurospy plot, pretty tantalizing, and fast-paced enough to make you forget that not much happens outside of the two brief banger action sequences.

  • The Great Raid

    The Great Raid

    ★★★

    It was fine, I wouldn't say great.

  • The Wings of Eagles

    The Wings of Eagles

    ★★★

    Ford/Wayne's version of a late-Eastwood picture. MVP Maureen O'Hara.

  • Pacific Heights

    Pacific Heights

    ★★★

    Landlord propaganda, pure and simple. THE MONEY PIT with murder. Discussed on Episode 14 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The Ladies Club

    The Ladies Club

    ★★★

    Inarguably televisual but it's almost impossible to pass up this premise, wherein the victims of assault or their relatives band together to snatch rapists right off the street and surgically castrate them. Has an undeniably frank -- especially for its time -- perspective on the way sexual violence against women was and to a great extent continues to be treated not merely by law enforcement but by friends, colleagues, and particularly spouses. I've seen more shocking and unpleasant stuff to be sure but this is unmissable for tracers of the subgenre.