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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    I first saw Heat in January of 1996.

    The film had been out for almost a month and finally arrived at the Winona Cinema 4 shithole for a one week engagement with an exclusive 9:50 PM showing! Yes, one the greatest crime films of all time - featuring two titans of modern acting and directed by one of the Hollywood's most respected craftsman - was able to secure a one week run with the only showing ending near 1:00 AM.…

  • The Dark Tower

    The Dark Tower

    The funniest thing I've seen in 2017 has to be Matthew McConaughey flamboyantly flailing his arms like a redneck Criss Angel while shooting "magics" at a duster-clad Idris Elba. Dear God man, you're an Oscar winner have some self respect! It looked like a theater kid being forced to play "war" with his cousins during Fourth of July weekend. "Dammit, Ansel! Quit saying pew-pew when you shoot your gun!"

    The Dark Tower is a movie about a kid who can't…

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    Let's talk about the films we truly love.

    Our absolute favorites. That handful of movies we use as a barometer when judging other films and opinions. They don't have to be considered "classics" or win Academy Awards. They just have to remind us of why we love cinema in the first place. Joel and Ethan Coen's FARGO is one of those movies for me.

    One big reason is the personal connection to the setting. Lifelong Minnesotan here, dontchaknow! And every…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    First and foremost, Alicia Vikander's performance as Ava is so convincing that I definitely would've ended up in that bunker with Domhnall Gleeson. No doubt in my mind. What a wonderful, smart, and sexy robot.

    I was smitten.

    I'll also add that Oscar Issac's Nathan is an egomaniacal asshole who only hears what he wants - the guy cannnot stop spewing bullshit. His inability to see these robots as anything more than hardware is certainly a bit concerning despite his…