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  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life

    ★★★½

    I have complicated feelings about this series, maybe more complicated than the series can actually support. I love the first two films because I loved them when I was younger and less aware of their issues. A third film, divorced from the misogyny, racism, and oo-rah militarism Michael Bay injects into most of his films, had a lot of potential.

    In some ways, that potential pays off, giving us an entry in the series without some of Bay's more gratuitous…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

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

    For a big chunk of the film I had trouble identifying why I wasn't digging this version of The Invisible Man. Then I realised it was because I hate stories where characters are manipulated to seem like they're a bad person or going insane and none of their friends or confidants believe them, and this is a particularly well-executed example of that trope. Fortunately, there's a strong back end to the film that pays off all that set up.

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  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★★

    I keep seeing El Camino described as inessential, but I don't know, I thought it was neat. I'm no Breaking Bad superfan and I haven't revisited it since it ended, but I remember thinking Jesse/Aaron Paul was underserved by the final season. This gives him a better send off - even if it feels more like an alternate, extended season finale than a standalone film.

  • The Big Brawl

    The Big Brawl

    ★★★½

    By reputation I expected something much worse, but Brawl is weirder, funnier, and better than I anticipated. It's Jackie Chan at his most Buster Keaton-like, with his big American lead debut not quite showcasing his abilities to the fullest but still letting him clown and kick through ’30s mafia goons, a bizarre roller derby race, and an assortment of zany fighters. It's in the latter, at the titular Battle Creek Brawl, that the film loses a lot of momentum (and…