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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Le Samouraï
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  • The Newton Boys

    ★★★

  • Original Gangstas

    ★★★

  • Men

    ★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Merry freakin' Christmas. 

    The critic to audience disparity for this on Rotten Tomatoes is hilariously huge (I must be a filthy snob, as I nearly always find myself on the critic's side when this happens). I'll add my vote to the praise column on this one. It's thematically dense and thought provoking, has great performances, an engaging visual aesthetic and feel, and I really enjoy the way Lowery continues to treat time as a strange, non linear space (though A…

  • The Set-Up

    The Set-Up

    ★★★★★

    "Don't ya see Bill, you're always one punch away."

    Robert Wise's The Set-Up is the story of Stoker, a boxer widely considered to have left his best years behind him at the age of 35. He has a shot at a 23 year old kid who he truly believes that he can beat, and that when he does he will finally get his chance at the title. There's just one problem - no one else believes he can win. His wife…

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  • The Newton Boys

    The Newton Boys

    ★★★

    The story of the successful gang of charming bank robbers known as the Newton Boys. 

    Linklater throws some stylistic flourishes in that help evoke an old timey feeling of the early 20th Century. But period pieces are tricky and can sometimes feel like an impersonation rather than a lived in world. This falls a little more into the latter category. 

    The cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Skeet Ulrich, Julianna Margulies and Dwight Yoakam, is the real reason…

  • Original Gangstas

    Original Gangstas

    ★★★

    "It's time to cross the line, baby!"

    Successful football coach John Bookman (Fred Williamson) returns to his deteriorating home town to get some revenge on the gang he founded when he was a youth that shot his father. He enlists the aid of old friends from back in the day. 

    The first act starts off well enough and the set up is engaging, but the film slowly settles into a mostly unremarkable crime revenge story. Original Gangstas is largely bereft…

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★½

    "It don't matter if you do ten stupid things as long as you do one smart one."

    From the incredible intro, it's clear that Baz Luhrmann's biopic, though it hits many of the familiar beats of the genre, is inventive enough to offer far more than the standard fare. For one, the choice to utilize colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) as the unreliable villain of the piece allows for us to come at the story from an interesting angle. Though…

  • Men

    Men

    ★★★½

    [Looks like I'm in the small group of people that actually likes this one.]

    After the death by suicide of the abusive husband (Paapa Essiedu) she was in the process of divorcing, Harper (Jessie Buckley) retreats to a rented home for a vacation in the countryside in a bid to restore herself and begin moving on with her life. 

    Sometime in the Seventh Century BCE, Semonides wrote a horribly misogynistic poem "The Types of Women" in which he listed temperaments…