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  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Returning to this, a great tonic, after having seen so many movies about cults. Easygoing characters, all comfortable in their own skins except for one. The perfect embodiment of the authoritarian, black/white mindset (a tight-assed Edward Woodward) is sent to investigate a missing girl. It quickly becomes obvious that the town is lying about her very existence, equivocating on every point. A town full of lawyers and actors, who, by the way, are all getting ginned up for the big…

  • Blue Thunder

    Blue Thunder

    ★★★

    Cops with teen sex comedy minds have all the fun ruined by shady military weapons and surveillance technologies, and by their head assassin-lobbyist played by Malcolm McDowell. LAPD helicopter pilot (Scheider) and newbie (scene-stealer Daniel Stern) spend half their time perfecting the weaponized male gaze, even after getting an earful from their Captain. But that’s ok cuz every other moment for the duo shows that their every instinct is correct and leads somewhere. Here it’s an assassination of a local…

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  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    John Was Trying to Contact Aliens

    Dude sends Afro-funk to space hoping something will hear it, good enough for me.

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★½

    Excellent science-fiction. Owes a lot to The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass whose tale of escape from slavery is rooted in stealing knowledge from the oppressors who believe their subjects less than human---and here less than Draag. The big blue oppressors don’t realize their own natures, and their logic says that there’s no way these “pets” could ever understand the world on their level. That stuff is well-plotted here with Terr, the pet and plaything who leads an…