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  • The Flight of the Phoenix

    ★★★½

  • Moby Dick

    ★½

  • The Princess

    ★★½

  • Prey

    ★★★★

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

    It takes a very special film to leave you stunned in your seat whilst the credits roll, collecting your thoughts in the dark, not quite ready to rejoin the outside world. With a plot that’s relatively simple, and a brisk ninety minute run time "You Were Never Really Here" provides quite the gut-punch. Joaquin Phoenix plays Joe, a bearded shuffling monolith with a performance that challenges the audience, provoking fear, sympathy, and condemnation in equal measure.

    Matching the subtleties of…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    The title says it all: Quentin Tarantino has made his own version of a fairy tale, full of archetypes and staples of the children’s stories we were read at bedtime. The valiant heroes, the evil villain, and the journey everyone must take to receive their just deserts – all of it is blended smoothly into a terrific-tasting mélange with his unmistakable flair. However, this is a different side of Tarantino we’re seeing here, as it’s a more introspective. Yes, his…

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  • The Flight of the Phoenix

    The Flight of the Phoenix

    ★★★½

    Without planning it, I've watched many of Robert Aldrich's films this year. Aldrich specialized in films where men are challenged to achieve a goal, win a war, or survive a disaster. Compared to the previous generation of directors, Aldrich is more cynical. Few traditional institutions are lauded in his movies, which treat detectives, bomb de-fusers and filmmakers with the same anarchic lack of respect. The cast are full of loners struggling against forces they don’t fully understand.

    This survival tale…

  • Moby Dick

    Moby Dick

    ★½

    How do you adapt Herman Melville's sprawling epic into a movie with a running time under 80 minutes? First you eliminate Ishamael, the main character & narrator. One of the most famous opening lines in literature, "Call me Ishamael," is missing. Next, transform Ahab (John Barrymore) from a frightening, vengeful character into a playful, mischievous scamp who has a way with the ladies. He has yet to lose his leg to Moby Dick. Let's add a sweet romance with a young…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    This sequel takes everything that worked in Tony Scott's original and turns the volume up to 11. The result is a film that is a nod to nostalgia while introducing new set of heroes with amazing technical prowess delivering an emotionally satisfying and pulse-pounding ride. It's the rare sequel to arrive decades after the original that is not only better but also brings a richness to the first film.

  • Studio 666

    Studio 666

    ★★★

    So many Rock stars love horror movies so it's not surprising to see the Foo Fighters follow in the footsteps of KISS, Alice Cooper, Snoop Dogg & Rob Zombie and front their own attempt at making a cult classic. The result is an amiable vanity project that goes on a bit too long and thinks it is more witty than it is.