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  • Maniac Cop 2

    ★★½

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    ★★★

  • The Sadness

    ★★★

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    ★★

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  • Maniac Cop 2

    Maniac Cop 2

    ★★½

    It’d be a lot cooler if this didn’t have massive swaths of the previous film tacked onto it, but the new stuff is worth sticking around for. Between an extended fiery man stunt and a runaway car straight out of Death Wish 3, the few stunts here are exactly what I wanted— I just wish there were more of that and less of the rehashing of plot points.

  • Maniac Cop

    Maniac Cop

    ★★★

    Competent, schlocky fun that can probably be read in a variety of topical ways…or simply as a cult classic featuring a Bruce Campbell vs. Robert Z’Dar chin-off.

    It’s cool that they allow some mystery about why Cordell is unkillable. I can’t see a modern take on this letting that go with a shrug, but it really adds to his shadowy creep appeal.

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  • The Adventures of Açela

    The Adventures of Açela

    Over 80% of this movie is characters walking through poorly animated forests and fields. No music, just the same clip of bird chirps on repeat. That is actually preferable to the rare occasions when the characters screech something in poor English. 

    For 90 seconds, a green alien materializes and performs an award winning dance, but even that brilliance can’t redeem the rest.

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★★

    The pleasingly familiar touchstones are present in Kenobi- the costumes, the mythos, the lightsabers… but it’s content that by definition cannot leave a mark. 

    You can almost feel the strain on these writers, trapped between the prequels and original trilogy, unable to leave even a hint of a residual footprint with this story. Instead, they answer such pressing questions as “How did Uncle Owen get his limp?” and “What’s the story behind Leia’s holster?” The stakes have never been lower.…