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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016

    Classic Shane Black, with popping dialog, great chemistry in the cast, and a sense of humor all its own. I still wish he'd tone down his action scenes as they're too long, too many, and too interchangeable. But as a balancing factor, who else writes kid characters like this? No one.

  • The China Syndrome

    The China Syndrome 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 10 May, 2016

    Has some slightly slow and B-minus moments, but it's a B movie with its own recognizable tone and message, and I can dig it for that alone.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Aug, 2013

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master

    The Master 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…