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  • Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

    Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

    ★★

    2.0/5.0 = Satisfactory

    Dry as a raisin, but I suppose the trek is worthwhile if only to understand the profundity of Lee's philosophies. If it weren't for these beautiful snippets of Lee's humility, I'd straight up suggest you just fast forward until you hit the extended sequence highlighting the rediscovered footage for GAME OF DEATH.

  • Rush Hour 3

    Rush Hour 3

    ★★½

    2.5/5.0 = Noteworthy

    I really hesitate to give this a 2.5, because by all accounts this is a massive step down for the franchise, but I can't really give a film featuring Jackie Chan's brilliant acrobatics anything below this score. Frankly, they just don't shoot action like this anymore. Unfortunately, all of the worst components of modern comedy seem to be in place here, with the film caving to a lot of lowest common denominator jokes.

    It really doesn't feel…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    5.0/5.0 = Masterpiece

    Very hard to write about a film that is so intensely committed to just being a work of raw humanity. If you spent any time analyzing Paul Schrader's non-narrative diagram, you likely already realized that ROMA perfectly aligns with his so-called "Tarkovsky Ring", a mode of filmmaking that embraces all three arthouse subsets defined by Schrader - The Mandala, The Surveillance Cam, and The Art Gallery.

    The AMARCORD references write themselves, as do the Ozu similarities. But…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★½

    1.5/5.0 = Middling

    So Alex Garland pumps out one of the smartest sci-fi chamber pieces of all time - as a directorial debut, no less - only to follow it up with a film that is best labelled "edgelord ARRIVAL"? I'm not trying to be mean-spirited, but it's kind of peculiar that the very same guy who helped usher in a new wave of smart sci-fi for Hollywood (a genre which posits that good science fiction can be made on…