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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Had an 80s vibe I wasn't expecting, like a better told Super 8 for adults, but ultimately this had a network tv sitcom problem: the supporting characters were way more interesting than the bland central figures we're supposed to be rooting for. Plus the female characters here are less than charismatic on the page. I may not be an Olivia Munn fan, but she wasn't given much to do here except be unreasonably handy with automatic weapons (yet shooting herself in the foot with a tranquilizer dart)

    Still, some genuine fun to be had here

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    "You vicious snowflake"

    Nic Cage movies draw a particularly obnoxious cinema audience, but regardless, this movie needs to be seen on the big screen. There's no plot to speak of, it's just a stream of genre tropes, fetishized 80s culture regurgitated as heavy metal/Heavy Metal porn, actual porn, and that spectacular score. And Nic, of course.

    Panos constructs a cinematic world where Nic makes sense. Ponderous at times, but always dazzling, Mandy rewards patience.

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  • Precious

    Precious

    ★★½

    This is just an awful movie, made by somebody with contempt for cinema, apparently. Poverty porn for people who like hand-wringing in the comfort of their sitting room instead of actual change in the lives of others...

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    By far my favorite alcoholic movie, and my favorite movie about Scientology, or brainwashing, or alcohol-fueled fantasizing... It's a bromance, it's an odyssey of sorts, and most certainly it's a stunning piece of cinema. But I'll have to get back to you about what's it's ultimately about.

    I mean, what was real and what wasn't? Did Quell dream the whole thing in a stupor, lying on that beach? Dodd was most certainly the comforting breast Quell needed, but without all…