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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes we romanticize the wrong people. Killers, thieves, bandits etc etc. QT, never known for passing History class, does something so right, I can’t stop smiling. Instead of painting some sympathetic picture of the Manson Family, he picks Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate as his rightful muse. The passion in her presence is contagious. She doesn’t have a lot of lines, but this is her movie. Without her character, none of this would be possible.

    Brad and Leo are real movie…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    The characters in the John Wick Cinematic Universe live in their own little world. They have their own code, currency, language and plenty of 5 star hotels to stay in. Everyone is connected. Every single person is a player in a giant game of chess. We don't see outsiders. Cops don't investigate. Damsels aren't in distress. Innocents don't get caught in the crossfire. It's like John Wick and the Gang are shadows living in an open world. Now, it's Chapter…

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  • The Brave

    The Brave

    ★★★

    William Kaufman is one of my favorite DTV directors. When you watch one of his films, at least you know the gunplay will be good. The guns are on point, and there’s some exciting action. The action reminds me of an episode of Strike Back. The only downside to the action is the below-average usage of CG blood effects. Nothing else in The Brave looked cheap, so the shady CG was a huge disappointment for me. 

    Louis Mandylor is a very…

  • Crackerjack

    Crackerjack

    ★★★

    For the action fans: This is Die Hard at a ski resort, without any ski footage.

    For the CinEFile- What is our icon Christopher Plummer doing in this?

    For my Uncle Pete- Why didn’t you review the Crackerjack I sent you? Sorry, Uncle! I’ll get it reviewed this decade. 

    Crackerjack stars the Notorious TiG, or known by his legal name, Thomas Ian Griffith. He’s sorta an enigma. His career should’ve been a lot more successful. Perhaps, this will be discussed…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★★

    Hell or High Water might be the most adult film I've seen this decade. No gimmicks. No juvenile tendencies. No bull. No cheap shots. It's a Deep Fried Wild West Western Texas Noir, filmed in New Mexico, but it's Texas to the bone. 

    Jeff Bridges is the cop. Chris Pine is the robber. However, they're both duel-protagonists. The outlaw in me wanted Mr Pine to win the duel. While my conscience cheered on Mr Bridges. Both, have polar opposite partners.…