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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Halloween
  • Akira
  • Wayne's World

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  • Predator

    ★★★★½

  • Across 110th Street

    ★★★★

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    ★★★★

  • No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★½

    Still more of an ALIEN guy at the end of the day, but unlike ALIENS, Predator knows that killer aliens are more at home in horror than action. Aside from a hilarious and unhinged fakeout 10-minute Rambo setpiece in the first act, this is as much a slasher movie as any Elm Street or Halloween. Instead of teenagers we're just watching the most beefcaked out dudes of all time drop like flies. It has its misses — the vast majority of…

  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★★

    Spent like 3/4 of the movie like "Who is the well-dressed henchman guy?" only to look it up right after and learn he was The King of Cartoons on Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

    Paul Benjamin and Yaphet Kotto both very memorable here even while it tries and fails to juggle telling both dudes' stories. For as much as we're clearly supposed to feel for Kotto and as much as he sells it, Benjamin is the only three-dimensional character with an inner life…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    Very possibly the last great assembly of truly insane real aerial photography in filmmaking before CGI and cartoon lasers for children consume every last crumb of summer blockbuster budgets. Other than the inconsistent score — too much phoned-in Zimmer too little Faltermeyer — the hilariously vestigial romance, and the lack of meaningful development for the (excellent) young actors in the squad, it's nearly flawless and better than the original in pretty much every way. Importantly, the stakes are much higher, and…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I appreciate how miserable Neo's life is when the movie starts and the cloying and "modern" way everyone talks, only for Wachowski to open the curtain and say "That's the point dumbass!" Much of the other goofy meta stuff also works, like Priyanka Chopra being a literal goddess ex machina, or how the therapist is the villain because he's the one pleading with you to accept and normalize how unfulfilling your life is, or the Merovingian spitting on himself about…