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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    It's not just scary AF, its a mesmerizing, gut-punch of a movie, the newest from producer-writer-director Jordan Peele. But Us also comes with the baggage of expectation. Peele's smashing 2017 debut Get Out became a cultural phenomenon, a terrifically caustic and chilling satire of race relations and divisions in America that resulted in Oscar nominations and Peele becoming the first black writer to win the Original Screenplay Oscar. How on earth could Peele ever top that? He doesn't, why would…

  • Triple Frontier

    Triple Frontier

    ★★½

    Netflix can put out art house masterworks like Roma, but it can also dish out generic action flicks. Triple Frontier centers on a handful of rogue ex-military guys who decide to rob a drug cartel, which typically means the bad guys are just bad and so who cares how they die, while the good guys are simply good. The script is typical action movie dumbness, shockingly written by Mark Boal, who made great movie magic with director Kathryn Bigelow on…

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  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    The 2018 version of Robin Hood is definitely in the running as one of the worst movies of the year. Talk about a movie that falls flat. Whats worse is how its drink on its own false sense of cool. This one is the umpteenth version of the outlaw story that includes the awful Kevin Costner vehicle Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the middling 2010 Robin Hood from Ridley Scott. This new Robin is played by the smokin hot…

  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★★★½

    Sandi Tan had a dream of making a movie. 19 and living in her native Singapore, Tan was a late-80s/early 90s teen obsessed with underground culture and was already writing and publishing her own zines but filmmaking was her biggest dream. She wrote a film called Shirkers and recruited two friends to help and then she met Georges, an eccentric, exasperating fortysomething man who offers to help and becomes the films director, with Tan playing the lead. Production begins in…