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  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear

    ★★★★

    What is it with this decade and stories about people coming out of bunkers they've lived in for years and finding out the world isn't over? Thankfully, Brigsby Bear treats that experience as something of an afterthought, and is more about the creative process and how art binds us to one another. It's not as funny as other Lonely Island productions, and it's a bit too unfocused, but it is engaging, heartfelt, and charming.

  • Legend of a Duel to the Death

    Legend of a Duel to the Death

    ★★½

    Keisuke Kinoshito is a director who seems to have specialized in disappointment. Out of the three films of his I have seen, all have had great premises, and none have been good. While Legend of a Duel to the Death starts off well enough and tells a compelling story, even at 80 minutes it plods along with the grace and energy of a tortoise and a sloth in a three-legged race. It has a strong anti-war message, but it seems to be delivered a half hour too early; the entire climax seems like it's running down the clock despite being full of action. A grand disappointment.

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  • Lady Bloodfight

    Lady Bloodfight

    ★★★

    This should have been easy: cast a bunch of capable martial artists, get to the fighting quickly, have lots of fighting, and most importantly, make the fighting legible. Unfortunately, the only thing they got right was that first one; most of the cast you have seen performing stunts in a multitude of blockbuster movies, and they certainly prove themselves up to the task of making a female Bloodsport.

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  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

    Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

    One half star is for knowing to take the lens cap off. The other is for allowing me to say, "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats? Yeah, I've seen that. It's... really fucking bad."