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  • Rock & Rule

    Rock & Rule

    ★★★★½

    "Survivors described the destruction as "evil," "spooky," and "wow, bad karma, man."

    Would you believe me if I said that at exactly the same moment in 1979 when animators were hard at work on Gerald Potterton’s infamous Heavy Metal and Ralph Bakshi’s legendary American Pop a little animation studio called Nelvana began chipping away at a now all but forgotten supernatural sci fi rock opera featuring original music from Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Blondie and Earth, Wind & Fire?…

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★

    Had a lot more fun with this one than the oddly unabashedly wrote original.

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  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    Once upon a time a literal boogie man stalked Northern California, killing some of his victims with guns and at least one with a butcher knife, some while he was dressed in plain clothes, at least one while dressed in a masked-hooded costume. He killed at least five people but no one really knows for sure, because he may never have been fully identified and he was definitely never arrested. His crimes inspired at least two of the most widely…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    There may not be more than one other director that you could say this about, but Brian De Palma literally never met a practical location that he couldn’t make look like a meticulously dressed stage or studio back lot when he shot it. He had this odd compulsion toward overtly mannered cinematic presentation that was totally at odds with his vérité obsessed era and that was probably never more in evidence that it is here.

    Blow Out is overwhelmingly composed…