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  • The Shining
  • All That Jazz
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Crash

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  • Commando

    ★★★

  • Conan the Barbarian

    ★★½

  • Desperado

    ★★★★

  • Riders of Justice

    ★★★★

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  • Commando

    Commando

    ★★★

    Hilariously, COMMANDO ends up being emblematic of everything super-charged, overcooked, and hyperbolic in the 1980s. Arnold himself between physique and line delivery is hyperbolic, yet his charm is undeniable.

    COMMANDO makes no bones about being ridiculous. It is somehow the evil sibling of a Disney film. Dan Hedaya and his men (nice to see David Patrick Kelly--I'd forgotten he was the one Arnold promised to 'kill last') are Disney villains, all the way. Arnold and his daughter are about as…

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★½

    CONAN just isn't my bag. The combo of big sets, ceremony, and sweeping vistas playing home to Arnold's revenge-a-thon doesn't do anything for me. I know I'm supposed to marvel at the spectacle and the upsized visuals. Putting together some of these ceremonies with the number of extras, costumes, and ballyhoo that the production does equates organizing a community festival. However, honestly a lot of it bores me.

    What I do find interesting with CONAN is peering through its dope…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

    With all of its production value, gimmicky roving camera, and (falsely advertised) real-time narrative, 1917 is impressive to experience, but honestly is a little light on an emotional core. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman lack the weight, it seems, to make me care about them. Honestly, the long, 'look-at-me' shots have such forward momentum and 'what's next' drama, the audience never really gets a moment to slow down and get to know these young soldiers. And, that's what I think…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    The reference to 'Nomad' in the title of Chloe Zhao's new film has a twofold meaning. Quite literally, Frances McDormand lives a nomadic existence. She lives in her van and travels across the expanse of the US countryside, stopping along the way for periods of seasonal work. She's like a member of an ancient pre-agriculture civilization, always moving, no home, following a roaming food source. Only she roams and camps in her van. In Zhao's film, Nomad also refers to…