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  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★★½

    Against all odds, I went and saw a Transformers movie in the theater for the first time in ten years. And it was hands-down the best Transformers film possible, under the circumstances. What are those circumstances? Well, for starters, it's hard to make a compelling film about action figures. That's not even a knock on Michael Bay. Think back: those bland, ham-sandwich G.I. Joe films, Masters of the Universe, something vile called Max Steele, and probably some others I don't…

  • Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

    Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

    ★½

    This movie is kinda ass. Sorry, that's what I got us both into. This is a perfectly functional Western story's skeleton, but the connective tissue that makes it a movie is missing. Am I punching down on this one? Yeah, slightly. But look, no one in their right mind would watch this movie after seeing that poster/cover image, so indulge me in my ravings about it.

    You don't get more by-the-numbers than this Western plot: outlaw goes straight, old grudges…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

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

    Let's get it out of the way: I really enjoyed The Last Jedi. I think it addresses a lot of the valid criticisms of The Force Awakens and takes the series into new, intriguing territory. I do recognize the criticisms of the film, and I would never invalidate anyone's opinion (you know, unless they were being real shitty about it), but whatever reservations are being bandied about the internet in regards to this film, I feel the quality of the…

  • Dementia 13

    Dementia 13

    ★★★

    I always advocate for looking at a storied director's early work. Spielberg's made-for-television thriller Duel, for example. Christopher Nolan's efficient, moody little feature Following is good, too. Here we have Francis Ford Coppola, the auteur behind 1970s epics that have become cultural keystones, debuting as writer and director of a European gothic throwback horror, made on the cheap in nine days, with a nine-person crew. Remembered mostly through the lens of "early work," Dementia 13 has surprising staying power for…