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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    The Irishman is a reflection on director Martin Scorsese's career-wide fascination with organized crime, a capstone work that draws from both his own filmography and the gangster genre as a whole.

    The film is a deeply personal meditation on power, legacy, and ultimately mortality, as many of the characters we meet are introduced with an on-screen epitaph before they utter a word. It's been said in countless gangster movies before that the only way to exit the mob is either…

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  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    ★★★

    An overinflated, absurd, dependably perverse, and genuinely confusing "rise and fall" tale of a girl from a podunk town who manages to make it big and lose it all within three months in Las Vegas.

    It's been said time and again over the 25 years of its existence, but this is sort of an elaborate troll on Paul Verhoeven's part. A morality play of excess and sex taken to its ugliest, most outlandish extremes.

    Rather than think that the movie…

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★★

    A thrilling, pleasingly violent, and surprisingly touching romp that stands out as a contemporary offering from its notably lowkey director.

    Said director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, isn't often in the spotlight. She doesn't make films often, with her last being a music industry-related drama from 2014. With this being the case, her latest return to filmmaking gives us a slightly more sophisticated take on the ultra-saturated superhero genre we find ourselves entrenched in within today's times.

    As the leader of a group…

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★★

    Exciting, absurd, and utterly sincere to what its roots are, King of the Monsters is a treat of a summer movie.

    Michael Dougherty strays far away from the minimalist faux-indie vibe of Gareth Edwards' first film, going all-in on the monster battles that audiences were deprived of.

    While the first movie tried to present a scenario where Godzilla enters the real world, King of the Monsters fully embraces the concept and is a lore-filled world where titanic creatures are a…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    I'm not one to exaggerate, and i'm not one for hyperbole. With that said, this is 2 hours and 12 minutes of apology to a type of audience who decided two years ago that they were never going to like this anyway.

    The Rise of Skywalker is a movie deeply afraid of offending anyone, and in the process ends up being for no specific person. It's tasked with being the epic conclusion to the massive Skywalker Saga, and in this…