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  • Operation Red Sea

    Operation Red Sea

    ★★★

    As a work of nationalism it's downright silly but as a military action film it's a total hoot. Pointlessly bloated, certainly racist, and gleefully violent, and I don't think there's a single Western war picture from the last 20 years that isn't cribbed from. The last 45 minutes are a pretty non-stop parade of RPG fire, bloody squibs, histrionic sacrifice, fireballs, and oh yeah then there's a tank fight. At its best (and especially in its final moments) as if STARSHIP TROOPERS was completely in earnest. Bananas.

  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    ★★½

    Exactly as stupid as you'd expect but not nearly as elaborately absurd as you'd hope. Hits all the beats in the most perfunctory way possible. Adequate.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck

    ★★★

    I believe it was Howard Hawks who said "A good movie is a handful of reasonably funny scenes and like eight garbage improv-y momentum-killing ones, and a bunch of cameos, whatever, I don't know."