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  • Ronin

    Ronin

    ★★★½

    A silver case as the MacGuffin
    Robert De Niro as Ronin De Niro
    in a movie with some of my favorite car chases

    1990s S8s and 535s drifting through France with few explosions or supurfulous effects to get in the way

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Rogue One handily delivered on just about every scene my 10-year-old mind could have imagined playing with Star Wars action figures in the mud and rocks of my backyard. Seeing gritty, ground-level shots of AT-AT Walkers, X-Wing boosters glowing red in the rain, and TIE Fighters flying near huge Star Destroyers flying near huger Death Star lasers lowering into huge AF Death Stars left me utterly contented.

    But…

    WTF is up with the uncanny valley throwback characters? Has Polar Express

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  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★★½

    This movie ranks among some of the greatest kid gang movies of all time: Goonies, Sandlot, Stand By Me, etc.

    The paranormal MacGuffin is really well done, but the feel-good storyline driven by smart ass kids who know how to save the day is what’ll make me want to see this again.

    Super 8 is pretty much all I want a movie to be… Fun to watch.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★½

    Suicide Squad is 20 trailers interspersed with misplaced flashback sequences that fail to compensate for the lack of a story, vision, or theme.

    Boom! We’re doing something! Cue the Black Sabbath, AC/DC, White Stripes, Creedence, etc. song—then show everybody walking together in slow motion. Repeat. Over. And over.

    I suppose this is what you get for hiring a trailer house to edit your film (HT Tony Zhou)…

    So while Ayer pursued his original vision, Warners set about working on a…