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  • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    ★★★

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    ★★★★★

  • Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

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  • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    ★★★

    Nowhere near as delightful as the first, but it manages its share of good gags. (“Any last requests, Drebin?” “Can I have…the gun?”) Also, I’d forgotten how political this one was — it’s sort of a mid-period Adam McKay film in embryo. Still kind of wild to me that David Zucker of all people turned into a raging Republican.

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★

    I wanted everyone in this movie to die a horrible, agonizing death, but I think that was the point, so I guess that makes it okay.

    Seen at AMC Courthouse, Virginia.

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    Umpteenth viewing. One of the greatest films ever. Decided to give the director's cut another go after multiple recent re-viewings of the theatrical cut, as well as all of Mann's other films, while writing my profile of him for Vulture.

    Here's the thing: While the theatrical cut might be "canonical," I really really love the director's cut as well. Yes, losing the cold open in the club is wrong, but other than that, there's a lot of stuff here that…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★★

    Never thought I'd be this moved by a sequel to a film I don't even like all that much. Third viewing. Seen at AMC Empire.

    More thoughts on MAVERICK, the first TOP GUN, and Tom Cruise here: www.vulture.com/article/tom-cruise-top-gun-maverick.html