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  • Heat
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  • Hard Target

    ★★★★½

  • Double Impact

    ★★★½

  • Lionheart

    ★★★½

  • Knock Off

    ★★★½

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  • Hard Target

    Hard Target

    ★★★★½

    This really improves with every viewing like a good classic is wont to do.

    From the bayou blues to the perceived feeling of a foreigner's lense cutting right through American bullshit and putting a finger into the wound of class divide and homelessness while equally fetishizing guns and gun violence, Hard Target really has a lot of thematic heft and, dare I say, depth to offer, if you're willing to look beyond the first-class action exterior it comes clothed in.…

  • Double Impact

    Double Impact

    ★★★½

    Definitely a hard R where the squibs and everything are concerned, Double Impact delivers beautifully straightforward action goods and is quite a different approach to the twin brothers film than Twin Dragons, although it also focuses its story on Hong Kong locations, specifically a tunnel and some family revenge along with that plus some other shady goings-on.

    The twin gimmick is surprisingly well done and the scenes with doubles for real interaction between the twins work well too. And just…

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  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    ★★★★

    An Indonesian rape and revenge film that somehow feels less exploitative and more grounded than comparable genre-fare. Also, it's not as visually dark and depressing as one might expect from such material but rather glary.

    It's definitely a mood-piece because the film relies heavily on its images along Marlina's journey and is therein definitely akin to the western genre, which also applies to the plot, which is pretty straightforward and without too many twists or turns. Some might take away…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    This film shouldn't work.

    The title basically tells you exactly what kind of a story you're in for. It brings a plethora of expectations with it and, even if you just heard the trailer during previews you'll have picked up on a couple of spoilery details and of course there's a lot of invisibility lore to draw from under the guise of this title (a lore, which I'll actually plan to catch up on, courtesy of an Invisible Man films…