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  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    ★★★★½

    Just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen.

  • Ocean Waves

    Ocean Waves

    ★★

    I know this might be hard to believe, but there is one bad Studio Ghibli movie.

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    ★★★½

    Wwwwwwooowwwwwww that was unexpectedly dark. Like, Heathers territory. I don't know how I overlooked this gem, given that I used to actually work at New Line Cinema, and saw copies of the onesheet and DVD sitting around.

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    ★½

    Kind of a mess structurally -- particularly all the ninja business, which seems crudely spliced in from a different movie.

    Also inappropriately cruel for a movie based on children's toys/cartoons/comics, in which nobody really got hurt. The gun fetishism is unsurprising, but it is surprising that both heroes and villains shoot to kill. There's a spectacular amount of onscreen death: first half the cast, then an entire city.

    But it has its pleasures:

    • The pure action poetry of the…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    From the creative team that brought you... HBO's Succession?!

    Also, is it just me, or does it seem like Dan Stevens and Will Ferrell should have swapped roles?

  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★½

    Miyazaki movies are nightmares for acrophobes.

  • The Stuff

    The Stuff

    ★★

    I honestly didn't know how to rate this one, because come on, it's clearly not good, but a load of fun nevertheless. It's the rare kind of bad movie you can laugh along with, not at, which is exactly what I needed right now.

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★½

    Granted, I was not giving Old Guard my full attention, so perhaps I missed an explanation, but I think I'm siding with the villains on this one: the immortals ought to share their gift with humanity instead of slaughtering them en masse.

  • Thir13en Ghosts

    Thir13en Ghosts

    ★½

    Hellraiser lite: PG-13 in tone & story, but R in gore & nudity.

  • Guns Akimbo

    Guns Akimbo

    ★★

    Firmly in the territory of hyperviolent farces like Shoot 'em Up, Deadpool, and Kick Ass. So your ability to be entertained by this depends on whether or not you find people getting shot through the brains is humorous or heroic. Its energy and cheek wears off about the point where the hero decides to embrace his destiny as a brains-shooter.

  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher

    ★★★

    Yeesh, they really don't make these kinds of pitiless, focused, unrelenting, nihilistic, hard-as-nails thrillers anymore, do they?

    (a warning: the version on HBO Max is criminally pan & scan)

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★

    Watched out of curiosity, to see what the red hats were so worked up about. Turns out it is not what they assumed, but neither is it otherwise. There is potential for satire somewhere in the premise, but it's too confused and unfocused to be anything other than just more both-sides-ism. Besides, Kevin Smith was already here in 2011 with Red State.

    The Hunt's gentle caricature of Trumpism is weak sauce, and indeed it seems more interested in taking shots…