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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★★

    John Wick has always been about legends. The first was a refreshing revenge thriller that reveals hints of a larger underground world of assassins in which Wick has become iconic. The second is a hyper-stylish fleshing out of that unseen world. Now the third is the John Wick: Fury Road of the series: a no-holds-barred action extravaganza that giddily revels in its own mythic creation with nearly incomparable gusto.
    Coming directly on the heels of the cliffhanger-ending second film, we…

  • Newsies

    Newsies

    ★★★★★

    "We was beat when we was born."

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  • Something Evil

    Something Evil

    ★★★

    A mediocre film, but a great watch to see how the staples of Spielberg’s style were there from the earliest stages. Themes of family, mystery, absent fathers, and suburban danger are already on display in what is essentially an early version of Poltergeist. He’s already so effectively stylish with the camera, even if the savviness to use it more subtly wasn’t quite there yet. Corny but integral piece of cinematic history.

  • The Hustler

    The Hustler

    ★★

    I know people love this movie, and Paul Newman is certainly the man…but mostly this just hit me as a languid, depressing and dowdy portrayal of how Man’s pride hurts everything and everyone it touches, which is far from a unique story and often told with much more entertaining and effective results (Wolf of Wall Street, Scarface)…but maybe I’m missing something.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    “It makes me sad to think my feelings are just programming”. This line is spoken by a robot, yet speaks to the very core of our fears, our ticks, and our basic human condition. Her is remarkable in that sense: capturing our very essence through the guise of a sci-fi romance between a man and his Siri-like girlfriend. It touches on our fears of dullness, our searching for ways to fill the void, even our questions on what makes a…

  • Heavenly Creatures

    Heavenly Creatures

    ★★★★★

    It is not easy to successfully make a fantasy-biopic, but Jackson nails it with his visceral eye and personal tone. The true story of two young best friends whose relationship grows dark is a truly breathtaking breath of fresh air. The performances and script are funny, somber and disturbing, all the while managing to stay warm. Bold and brave, complex and horrifying, difficult and rewarding, Heavenly Creatures is cooler and angstier than a costume drama usually is.