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  • The Platform

    The Platform

    ★★★★

    Putting the "gory" back into "allegory."

  • The Gun

    The Gun

    ★★★½

    Earnest, old-school existentialism a la Dostoyevsky and Camus: alienation plus ambient meaninglessness leads to compulsive, unpredictable violence. On those terms, this is... fine.

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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."

  • Dragon

    Dragon

    ★★★

    For its first half an hour or so, Wu Xia sent me into a state of the purest popcorn bliss of any film in a long, long time. Since it features Takeshi Kaneshiro, one of my favorite living stars, yes, Wu Xia had me primed from the get-go, and pairing him with Donnie Yen to form a kind of mind/body dynamic duo struck me as inspired on more than one level. Even better, Yen's character is not just a fighter…