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  • Alien Nation

    Alien Nation

    ★★★½

    This is a good time (and certainly better than BRIGHT), but it would've been nice if your thinly-veiled metaphor for race relations in America actually starred a primary character of color who survives past the opening minutes. Still, James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, and Terrence Stamp together in a buddy cop/alien movie? Be still, my heart.

  • Trancers

    Trancers

    ★★★★

    Not only does this feel like a "real movie" (which is kinda rare for a Charles Band production), but the movie that it is is pretty damned good! With lots of visual flair and an excellent score, TRANCERS doesn't break any new ground but feels like exactly what you want from a lower budget post-BLADE RUNNER cyberpunk sci-fi flick. Fun characters, short runtime, flashy and wet LA painted in pink neon--this is the B movie you're looking for.

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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★

    A much more sympathetic Tonya Harding biopic than I thought we'd ever get. Loaded to bear with probably too much snark for its own good and set to a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY soundtrack, I, TONYA delivers a believeable examination of a woman who fought tooth and nail with a sexist and classist sporting culture to ultimately achieve more infamy than fame.

    Performances are terrific all around and will likely make a strong showing at this year's awards shows.

    I'm pretty up on this and had a good time with it, but it's a one-and-done for me as I see no reason to revisit it.

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★½

    Oozing with style and capturing a very specific era of filmmaking surprisingly well, THE LOVE WITCH is a bold defense of lipstick feminism wrapped in kitschy, technicolor, sheer robe. This film has so much going for it, but the (likely intentional) wooden acting and bloated runtime make it something of a chore to sit through after a certain point.