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  • Posse

    Posse

    ★★★

    I really wanted to like this more. At first I found Van Peebles' directing kind of amateurish and grating (odd since this was made after New Jack City). He employs a bunch of canted angles and zooms that telegraph emotion as much as the majority of low-budget affairs of the time. Hell, if you told me Charles Band had directed this I'd only be shocked that he managed to craft a decent soundtrack.
    But eventually those stylistic choices give way…

  • All Cheerleaders Die

    All Cheerleaders Die

    ★★½

    This was almost an unqualified, idiosyncratic success. Instead it was a bunch of very good ideas in a package that was a little too messy and just the wrong side of campy. Worth watching though.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is successful in delivering a raucous adventure by letting the actors hold the awe and excitement of the iconic franchise on their faces. It is a clear homage to the original trilogy, but doesn't feel like fan fiction the way lesser reboots often do. Somehow, Abrams' often bravura camerawork and sense of humor makes the movie feel less like fan service and more of a familiar introduction to a new universe with…

  • Nixon

    Nixon

    ★½

    I have no idea what Oliver Stone is doing here. This lacks a theme or point-of-view, which isn't necessarily a death sentence... but it totally fails in its more experimental visual and narrative style as well. I'm not even sure what (if anything) is successful in this movie since virtually all elements are buried under a blanket of distracting technique and muddled storytelling.
    Stone's using some of the same unorthodox and disparate filming styles he employed excellently in eliciting the…