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  • Up the Academy

    Up the Academy

    Watched as part of the Every movie wide-released in the US during 1980 list.

    45. U.S. Release: June 6, 1980

    National Lampoon magazine had hit a home run box office-wise with Animal House (1978) so Mad Magazine decided to take their own shot at breaking into films. Unfortunately, the result was Up the Academy which even Mad Magazine themselves disowned.

    Instead of a college fraternity, we get treated to the crazy shenanigans of a wayward group of boys at a…

  • Central Intelligence

    Central Intelligence

    ★★½

    At first, I wasn't too keen on watching this but Dwayne Johnson has his fans and one of them is close to me so I surrendered two hours of my life. Not sure what it is about Johnson that bugs me. He's likeable enough so I guess I should just wake up already and smell what The Rock is cooking.

    Johnson plays a CIA agent who was a fat, hopelessly uncool misfit in high school but is now a super-buff…

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joined the U.S. army in 1942 with every intention of doing his part to help in the fight against the Japanese. However, as a committed Christian and the 6th commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' firmly in his mind, he refused to touch a rifle, wanting to serve solely as a battlefield medic.

    If Doss did even half of the heroic deeds depicted in this movie, it's truly amazing.…

  • Split

    Split

    ★★½

    After a series of duds, M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation as a director was so dead in Hollywood you almost needed a Sixth Sense to see it. His film career stank the place up like a month-old corpse.

    The whiff started with Lady In the Water (2006) and then developed into a foul stench with The Happening (2008). His work-for-hire movies that followed, The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013), confirmed that his name had become so toxic that the…