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  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★★½

    Probably the textbook definition of a "rewatchable" movie, "The Fugitive" is one of a handful of films that will instantly grab my attention if I happen upon it when flipping channels and I'll be stuck watching it to the end. Exciting, tense and beautifully-paced, Andrew Davis' film is quite a bit better than the classic 1960's TV show upon which it's based. Harrison Ford's playing a guy on the run from the cops for a murder he didn't commit, trying…

  • Patriots Day

    Patriots Day

    ★★★★

    Director Peter Berg finally seems to have escaped the notoriety of "Hancock" and "Battleship" by finding a comfortable niche in the historically-based action film, a genre he actually seems to be pretty adept at. So far he's given us "Lone Survivor," "Deepwater Horizon" and "Patriots Day," each one an incremental improvement in search of a blockbuster hit.

    This account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is presented through the deftly-blended experiences of numerous real-life individuals but focuses primarily on fictional…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★½

    There's not much new to be said about one of the best sci-fi action adventure flicks of all time. Quippy dialog and hammy acting rooted in the classic mid-20th century sci-fi serials, a fast-moving story, rousing music and spectacular special effects all combine in a nearly flawless way for the cinematic experience of a lifetime. The film industry has changed quite a bit since then in terms of visual technique and digital effects, but the basic storytelling really doesn't get…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whiplash has received a lot of attention for its visceral and at times brutal portrayal of the relationship between an ambitious young music student and the volatile college professor who alternately inspires and abuses him. We've seen a lot of music films going back to the thirties that deal with these same themes so we're all familiar by now with the numerous and well-worn cliches which make the odds of seeing something new and different pretty slim at this point.…