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  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution

    Utterly meaningless. How can a movie have so much exposition and so little plot? It spends the first 10 minutes recapping what happened in previous films and then all but ignores it in favor of sequence after sequence of action so slick it's antiseptic. Even Milla, the rock of the series, seems lost amid the utterly arbitrary and repetitive nonsense that this film mistakes for fun. At least in Afterlife we had the shower room and that Wesker fight at…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    Only Cage Forgives

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    I sound like a broken record but movies are always funnier when I watch them with a group and I never realized quite how many visual jokes are in this. The whole bit with Toht pulling out what you think is a weapon and then it's just his hanger? Amazing. My least favorite bit is still the street chase with the baskets (outside the awesome swordsman scene, obviously) because I think it's generally best when it peppers in comedy as…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★½

    How on earth did I miss seeing True Romance for so long? What an exhilarating film. It has all the earmarks of a Tarantino script - the pulp culture dialog, the foreboding buildup to violent outbursts - and none of the stupid tics and hyperactive editing that would mar Tony Scott's later career. Imagine if 1993 Tony Scott had made Man on Fire! It might have been a good film. True Romance, while certainly less distinctive in its visual style…