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  • The Night of the Hunter
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  • Angel III: The Final Chapter

    ★★★

  • Outland

    ★★★½

  • Maximum Overdrive

    ★★

  • Extreme Prejudice

    ★★★★

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  • Angel III: The Final Chapter

    Angel III: The Final Chapter

    ★★★

    This series can’t decide what it wants to be. Just like our protagonist has gone from teenage prostitute to law student to photojournalist, so too has the series shifted gears from weirdly sweet serial killer thriller to screwball action comedy to neo noir sleaze fest over the course of three features. 

    Part 3 sees Angel, who has managed to age eleven years between 1984 and 1988, tracking down her long lost mother and playing gumshoe in the case of her…

  • Outland

    Outland

    ★★★½

    Boy, those baby boomer filmmakers sure did love reworking classic Western scenarios to fit them into other genres, didn’t they?

    In Outland, Peter Hyams presents his own sci-fi take on the classic tale of the honest lawman who rides into a frontier town and cleans up the corrupting influences, leaving civilization in his wake. It’s a mining town in the middle of a boom, with all the saloons and brothels you’d expect in a Deadwood or a Tombstone. The only…

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

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

    I don’t know, people. I like to think I have a pretty well developed sense of how to appreciate the cheesiest of 80’s cheese, but this much-beloved chapter in the decade’s cinematic canon still doesn’t do a damn thing for me. It’s not good. It’s not so bad it’s good. (That’s not a real thing, anyway.) It’s not even amusingly bad. It’s just boring. 

    There’s no drama or conflict. Just a bunch of tools competing for bragging rights in an…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Screened in memory of Ennio Morricone. I dare say this isn’t one of the titles that springs immediately to mind when listing the late maestro’s greatest scores, but it does highlight that he was capable of great versatility. Here he creates a John Carpenter score for a John Carpenter movie. It is “music that disappears” as the director likes to put it; it becomes a part of the environment. I doubt it would play well on its own away from…