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  • Blade II

    Blade II

    ★★★★

    The ALIENS of superhero pictures, where we’re given a squad of total badasses, and the monsters are tweaked from their previous iteration. Del Toro is surprisingly really good at staging Hong Kong-style action, but Snipes is the real reason to watch. He just so loves being Blade - a hero who lives to kill and doesn’t really care about anything else. A little too long, but mean enough that it doesn’t matter.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★½

    “I have crossed oceans of time to find you.”

    A romantic reinvention of the Count, complete with the transmutation of a racist text into a psychedelic AIDS parable that crossed over to the mainstream because straight people subconsciously wised up to the disease not being the “gay plague” they labeled it as. One of the most essential pieces of 90s filmmaking, and possibly the greatest experimental film ever financed by a major studio.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    Doubling down on everything you love about the first, with neon to spare. Like Michael Mann adapting Greek mythology with all the headshots intact.

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    The logical conclusion to Caesar's birth - a relentlessly bleak holy crusade waged by humans against their superior simian creations. The fact that this is a summer tentpole is just remarkable, as its relentlessly bleak and tiptoes right up to the line of being cruel. We'd be lucky if every blockbuster franchise put this much stock in genuine pathos and dramatic stakes, all while pushing CGI into new emotional territory. Reeves has got the goods. Keep him as far from Batman movies as possible.