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  • Starship Troopers

    ★★★½

  • Sorcerer

    ★★★★

  • Prince - The Glory Years

    ★★★

  • Madame Web

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★½

    Imagine watching this and not thinking it’s a satire.

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  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    Madame Web (2024) exists in one of those weird places where it is so silly, so ridiculous, and so outrageously inane that it’s almost worth seeing for the sheer calamity of it all. Some may see that as a positive. If there’s one criticism that has remained constant for superhero films (particularly the Marvel/Disney ones), it’s that they have increasingly felt factory produced. More and more, they lack personality. You can’t really say the same about this. As a Sony production, it does contain tons…

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  • Boston Strangler

    Boston Strangler

    ★★★

    This takes the true crime element and reconfigures it as a study of gender dynamics, the balance between the police and media, and the determination of those working to crack the case. The result is a glossy, handsomely made production that has more on its mind than its central villain.

    While its style overly relies on what has worked in the past, Boston Strangler still operates as an efficient, well produced crime drama. We can appreciate it for its intriguing mystery, but…

  • Disenchanted

    Disenchanted

    ★★½

    Enchanted (2007) came as a surprise in how it balanced a traditional fairytale with a modern sensibility. It worked to undermine the familiar tropes of princesses, dashing heroes, and evil witches – and yet it had such an earnest sensibility that it can win over the most cynical viewers. Above all else, it made Amy Adams a household name. With her sublime performance, Adams made the good natured but naïve Giselle her own creation. She made us believe that a character…