Jack Barry

Jack Barry

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When I’m fortunate enough to absorb a movie, that’s a good night or day. Cheers, fellow movie-lover.

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★½

    Hell Yeah. The first big action-movie I’ve gotten to see on the Big-Screen since this Covid-cloud lifted off of us. This was a nice solid outlier from Director Guy Ritchie, doing his most deadly-serious joke-free work here, on an old-fashioned armored-car action-flick with Jason Statham bein’ a Bad-Ass. It’s loud and blasting and filled with tense sequences and moments, and its plot is twisting and crawling enough to make it a wind-up contraption of a revenge-movie. 

    This flick gives up…

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    Prettified petrified rubbish. Weak whiteboy-wish-fulfillment fantasy. A half-assed attempt at who-knows-what, which amounts to mostly nothing, but done in neon candy-colors with guns and titties. So, ya know, about par-for-the-course for Harmony Korine, and what he seems to think passes for a movie. Underwhelming to the point of “Meh”.

    This is an apt companion-piece to Korine’s “Spring Breakers”. If you dug that one, you’ll probably be cool enough with this one. And not that I was “uncool-with-it”, just that, with…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★½

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

    Made this last night’s revisit for “Star Wars Day”(May the 4th), and gosh, this thing is Great. Maybe My Favorite One.

    As you know, I presume, it’s an outlier, a prequel after the prequels, prologue to the original, and a stand-alone “mission-movie” with one story from start to finish.

    First live-action movie I saw in the theater (3 times!) when I was a little kid was the original “Star Wars” back in the 70’s.

    So I grew up on the original…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    YES. A quite delightful “immigrant story”, about a young walking/talking bear who comes to live the big-town life in London, from his birthplace in the jungles of Darkest Peru. This immigrant kid could be Vito Corleone at Ellis Island, or even me or you, but here he’s a Bear. 

    And there’s a whole back-story for that, done devilishly-wittily-well, where this Indiana Jones-like explorer met up with these bears back in the day, and they learned from him to speak English.…