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  • Clear and Present Danger

    Clear and Present Danger

    ★★★½

    Neither as crisp or as engaging as either of its predecessors but a good time more or less nevertheless.

  • Blue Thunder

    Blue Thunder

    ★★★½

    Either the last 70s paranoia thriller or the first 80s techno thriller but reasonably effective however you read it.

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    There isn’t an easy way to review this film because there isn’t another film or novel or TV outing quite like it. The only things you can compare it to are the, often justifiably pilloried, yearly giant-sized annuals and cross-over events from the comics that inspired it. This third Avengers outing covers untried cinematic ground, so just in that respect the film is an impressive accomplishment, but it’s more than just that. It does so much more and goes so…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    I … I honestly don’t know if I have the words for this one. Running back this film’s vintage clock precision and forthright storybook loveliness in my mind, I can’t help but imagine, that at some point, someone, a mentor, a professor, gave a long lecture on the virtues of magical realism that Guillermo del Toro interrupted with a question like “But why would anyone want to muss something as beautiful as magic with something as ugly as realism?” To…