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  • Rumble in the Bronx

    Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★★★

    I find it impossible to overstate how effective the marketing campaign for "Rumble in the Bronx" was on my young and impressionable self. The film, which boils down to a relentless series of stunt and fight sequences, proved to be the perfect vehicle to introduce Jackie Chan to North American audiences - here was the first action star who, as the adverts proclaimed, had no stuntmen, no fear, and no equal.

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls

    ★★★★★

    "This girl is the nastiest skank bitch I've ever met. Do not trust her. She is a fugly slut."

    "The Canyons" was one of the first movies I saw in theaters after moving to the Bay Area. It wasn't great, but I've always had an affinity for the troubled and tragic Lindsay Lohan. I managed to escape the aughts without seeing "Mean Girls," but it was a pleasure to visit it now. Thanks to a game cast and a truly hilarious screenplay from Tina Fey, this is a stellar teen comedy in the tradition of "Clueless."

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    After thirty-seven years onscreen, and numerous career highs and career lows, it's time to face facts: we've taken Tom Cruise for granted. But the man would die for our multiplex sins, and "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" represents his most punishing and cinematic expression yet. "I won't let you down, I won't let you down," Cruise whispers from a helicopter cockpit as his comms go out, and it's as much to the audience as to the IMF team, a hushed promise that the spectacle we're about to see will absolutely justify the $20 IMAX ticket.

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★★

    With a beautifully bleak depiction of Eighties-era Sweden that's so white and snow-capped you can practically feel the flakes falling in your living room, much of "Let the Right One In's" strength lies in its immaculate horror movie atmosphere. Yet its tale of schoolyard bullying and pre-pubescent love is close to perfection as well; the only real drawback being the subplot with the 'Cat Guy' and his drunken friends, which rever really goes anywhere or adds much to the film…