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  • Moonraker

    ★★

  • The Empty Man

    ★★★½

  • Blood Red Sky

    ★★★½

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★★

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  • Moonraker

    Moonraker

    ★★

    They're not going to get any worse than this, are they? I'll keep watching either way, I just want to know. I know at least there won't be any more directed by Lewis Gilbert; his Bond flicks have been consistently among my least favorites, and this one seems like very blatantly a rehash of stuff from his previous two efforts: Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me is in it of course, because he's one of the only people still…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★½

    What's up with these surprisingly distinctive and smart horror movies getting dumped onto streaming and made to look like derivative crud? I can't really complain because word did get around that I should see both this and Blood Red Sky and I'm glad I did, it's just weird to have been surprised by both of them in the same week. Not that they're both the same kind of thing: Blood Red Sky is a skillfully crafted crowd-pleaser, The Empty Man

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  • Kapaemahu

    Kapaemahu

    ★★

    I wish I liked this, because it's super well intentioned as a tribute to Hawaiian traditions (and very slightly as an LGBTQ statement, because the mythic figures in it have a nonbinary gender), and it's got some competent animation and design... but so much about the execution makes my teeth ache like the worst kind of ultra-reverent ultra-friendly Sunday-school glurge. Here's a literal depiction of the story of the four mystical healers from Tahiti arriving in Waikiki; OK, so who…

  • 5B

    5B

    ★★★★

    This is a documentary about the early years of AIDS in San Francisco through the eyes of a small group of people working at SF General Hospital who created the first ward devoted to that epidemic. The story of Ward 5B (later 5A) has been told before in various forms, but I haven't seen it placed in a larger context as effectively as it is here.

    The staff and volunteers of 5B were set apart by their willingness to do…