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  • In the Fade

    In the Fade

    ★★★★

    An emotional, highly engaging revenge film that succeeds dispite dispensing with the usual genre tropes. It's a top-notch production on every level. If you're in the mood for an excellent revenge genre film, watch Revenge. If you're looking for an A-list film that includes revenge as an element of the story, go with In the Fade.

  • Time Trap

    Time Trap

    ★★★★

    This is an easy front-runner for the "Best Movie of the Year I'd Never Heard of." With zero name recognition and it's goofy 1990's title and poster art, I probably wouldn't have given this little movie a second thought. But it was the 80th most downloaded movie of the day, and it had a good review on the IMDB, so, I thought, why not give it a quick whirl?

    Despite the fact that this sort of thing never goes well...this…

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  • Boys in the Trees

    Boys in the Trees

    ★★★

    I'm a little conflicted on this one.

    This somewhat unique coming of age tale obliquely examines the horrors of bullying. There are persistent vague gestures towards potential supernatural activity that become increasingly frustrating as the film begins to collapse under the weight of its ponderous, allegorical symbolism. A pair of revelations towards the end (one fairly foreseeable, the other a less predictable kick to the teeth) redeems some of the films horrible pacing and interminable self-importance. Then it blows it…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Light on CGI, lacking any product placement or unnecessary exposition, there is not a gram of fat on this rampaging beast. The trailers and astronomical Rotten Tomatoes score had me going in with insanely unrealistic expectations; I was literally expecting a classic. It delivered. It makes THE ROAD WARRIOR look downright sedate, without the incoherent editing or disorientation that all too often accompanies movies like this (that is, those that strive to be non-stop action spectacles). Astonishingly, almost all of…