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  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★★

    Terse and timeless... Steve de Jarnatt’s apocalyptic cult thriller will never fail to pack a punch I don’t think. Even with its very clear and unavoidable period flourishes, this - like the very best Twilight Zone episodes - is a story with ever present immediacy. 

    We will always be terrified of the horrors that only humanity itself can inflict. And, to that end, this film functions almost on an allegorical level, observing chaotic human behavior in the face of a…

  • Criminal Law

    Criminal Law

    ★★★★

    Gary Oldman’s first stint in an American thriller, in which he has a pretty decent go of it: playing a hot shot, fuckable attorney from Boston, who has a crisis of conscience when he realizes the WASP he’s defending is a creepy serial killer.

    Kevin Bacon is that WASP killer. And, unless you count the douche he played in Friday the 13th, or the preppy asshole from Animal House, or that yuppie bastard who manages to outrun Steve Martin in…

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  • Shelter

    Shelter

    ★★

    Can good performances elevate a shit film?

    And so, I present for your consideration this barely released and mostly unheard of little chiller from a couple of years ago that can answer that question with a resounding "maybe."

    Because, all things considered, the first hour of this is kind of intriguing. It is during the film's second hour - as things eventually sink into a river of spiritual gobbledygook - that the eyes ever so assuredly begin to roll.

    But,…

  • Out for Justice

    Out for Justice

    ★★★½

    My personal favorite Steven Seagal film. You get the sense that the script (originally titled "The Price of Our Blood") was intended for a serious crime drama of the type churned out by Sidney Lumet in the 70s and 80s. I wouldn't be surprised if this thing was collecting dust on the Warner shelves until Seagal retooled it to fit his sensibilities. He treats it like a serious... movie and tries to give an honest to God real performance. With…