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  • Jurassic Park
  • The Prestige
  • The Godfather
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Night Raiders

    ★★½

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★

  • Terminal Island

    ★★★

  • Regarding Henry

    ★★★

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is face meltingly good. From one of the top five character introductions of all time to the iconic Ford improvisation of both dialogue and action to the nearly perfect pacing (how does this only feel a little over an hour?!) it's another favorite of mine from growing up that just comes together perfectly to create pure entertainment that doesn't skimp on the action, excitement or technical craft.
    John…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Yo, homie, that my briefcase?

    Collateral slaps and I'm not just saying that because Jada Pinkett Smith co-stars.

    As someone who fully enjoys a majority of the films and performances of Tom Cruise I can also fully admit that he comes across as someone who could very possibly be a sociopath (and probably a very good hit man if he decided to) which makes this feel like a great subversion of his public persona as it takes the intensity that…

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  • Night Raiders

    Night Raiders

    ★★½

    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers stars in a very Children of Men feeling film set in a dystopic future where children are forcibly taken to an academy and away from their families by the government. The parallels to history, in Canada especially are clear which isn't necessarily an issue, not every film has to be subtle but the first time director vibes drag down the interesting premise as nearly every scene is too long and there's a lot of walking, standing, staring or…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    Are you a good pilot?

    I can hold my own

    Great, then I won't have to worry about you making your living as a singer

    Maybe one of the sickest on screen burns ever and contained in a film that's pure 80's action (for better or worse) and an important entry in the "Tom Cruise has daddy issues while in the military" subgenre.
    The first hour flies by (heh) and manages to take my breath away but even though I…

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  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Now you come and say "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me "Godfather." You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money

    This was playing at AMC in Dolby AND was included in my AMC Stubs membership. It was an offer I couldn't refuse...
    When the only flaw a film…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    Not as amazing as the rapturous fan response would have led me to believe but certainly not terrible by any means this is a well put together film that's just too long and doesn't break enough new ground to justify the runtime with the eventual resolution to the mystery not being worth the huge time investment to get to what is a pretty standard reveal of motives for the villain.
    Matt Reeves has some spectacular shots that are very evocative…