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  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State

    ★★

    This is an entire feature made up of the montage of quick takes right when guys burst into a room with guns, just extended over 2 hours. Also by the 60 minute mark everyone just started shouting their lines and never stopped.

    Directed by Tony Scott

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★½

    Very good. Real but not cynical. Subverts the trope that one's issues can be overcome by the drama of athletics. But also maintains that getting involved in other people's lives like inspiring struggling high school athletes is good and can help you if you're hurting. Also a stealth faith-based film.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★

    This movie is much dumber than advertised. 
    This review from Kevin D. Williamson sums up the film’s plot-breaking logical flaws. Despite some good character work from Ben Foster, the script’s dramatic beats are hammy. Its Oscar nomination was an unexplained phenomenon.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    The gold standard for Hollywood spy action. Nothing else really holds up, especially not in its own franchise. Action in spy movies should garnish twisty plots and concealed motivations, not the other way around. The really exciting thing is always what characters know and when they know it. Also, this movie isn’t praised enough for killing half its cast in the first 30 minutes.