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  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    ★★★★

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

    Early in "Furious 7", Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor's son Jack throws a toy car. Brian picks up the car. He gives it back to his son. "Cars don't fly, Jack," he says. This is foreshadowing: in Brian's experience, cars don't fly. Cars will fly in "Furious 7". Cars will fly four times in three key scenes. Well, five times, if you count one of the times the cars fly as two times, because the car lands for a moment…

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken

    ★★

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

    I am writing this review in response to multiple stories I've seen in my Facebook news feed today. The headlines of these stories all used the word "snub", either as a noun or as a passive-voice verb. These stories are about the Oscar nominations. They are saying Oscar voters "snubbed" Angelina Jolie by not nominating her film for Best Picture or Best Director. Many of these stories point to a "lack of diversity" in Hollywood. Many of these stories make…

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  • Hercules

    Hercules

    ★★½

    This was a weird, dumb, fun, little movie. It's a "what if Hercules . . . was *real*" reinterpretation based (controversially!) on a comic book. It's Hercules using his legends as leverage to scare his enemies and get him big mercenary money. It's Hercules as a sort of con man, without the heavy art of "The Brothers Grimm". It's Hercules with a social media manager (his nephew).

    This film has Ian McShane and John Hurt in it. Those two dudes…

  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★★★★

    "Apocalypto" is sheer power. It's razor sharp. It's a single foot chase stretched into a feature-length film. It's a filmed Disneyland attraction, for grown-ups. It's a chaotic tour of an interesting place, focusing on a character we learn just enough about to empathize with him. It's a concentrated delivery of all the promises of the earliest silent film: in styling this film, I wonder if its creators had made a conscious decision to use "Arrival of a Train at a…