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  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★

    Nothing against Mary Astor, but she's definitely the weak link in this film. There's no chemistry between her an Bogart, and the story demands a certain level of sexual tension between Sam Spade and Brigid O'Shaughnessy. Replace her with a Claire Trevor, Ida Lupino, Joan Crawford, or Alexis Smith (Bacall would have been too young for the role) and at least four scenes are improved by recasting the role. Astor works well with Peter Lorre, however, and the scene in…

  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★

    This franchise ran out of gas long ago. "Salvation" is the only sequel that dared to be a different beast, the rest of them keep giving us the same story over and over again. Linda Hamilton and Schwarzenegger are both pretty good, and I like the little arc to their subplot, but this basically features the same three-character dynamic we've come to expect from every Terminator movie: a resistance fighter (Mackenzie Davis) is sent back in time to protect humanity's…

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  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★★

    Twenty years later and this is still a lot of fun!

  • Mute

    Mute

    ★★★

    There is zero point to this being set in the future.