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  • Jailbreak

    Jailbreak

    ★★★½

    Straightforward and barebones action movie premise (a team of kung fu police caught in a prison riot) + single-minded focus on martial arts choreography - any semblance of character depth = a movie engineered and focus-grouped to appeal to me specifically. Only the many little problems with plot logic kept this from a higher rating.

  • The Phone

    The Phone

    ★★★

    A lawyer comes home after a night of drinking to find his wife murdered. One year later, his phone rings, and it's his wife calling... from the past, on the day before she was killed. That's the setup, and the movie follows their attempts to catch the killer and prevent the murder from happening by communicating with each other over their phones that can somehow cross time. You can go two ways with a premise that nutty: you can explain…

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  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    ★★★★★

    A martial arts re-imagining of Heart of Darkness, shot as if it was a horror flick. Tremendous sound design and motivated lighting effects. This is one of my favourite movies of all time, but it's so intense I can only stand to watch it every couple of years.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I've seen this movie a thousand times. I've watched it on a big screen in front of a yelling crowd. I've watched it in an empty theatre on a Wednesday afternoon. I've watched it on a shitty airplane headrest monitor. I've watched it on road trips, during cab rides, and between subway stops. I've watched it on my phone while walking my dog. I've watched the fan edit on a tablet in an airplane toilet. I've watched it projected on…