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  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★

    There’s a guideline in story creation that you don’t show too much of your monster, lest it loses its effectiveness. It appears that Taylor Sheridan, the writer of both Sicario films never quite realized or somehow forgot that while the drug lords are the ultimate monsters, Brolin and del Toro’s characters, CIA officer Matt Graver and hitman Alejandro Gillick, are still likewise monsters, all the more so since they are acting at the behest of the U.S. government. Consequently, the…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

    Two words. Emily Blunt!

    Ok, here's a few more. Seriously, Emily Blunt was the perfect choice to play Kate Macer. When she’s working with her partner Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya), discovering a house full of murdered corpses, she shows the composure and confidence of a leader, but once Kate is given the opportunity to help bring down the drug lord behind it all, her core is shaken as she finds herself neck-deek in an ethically challenged world of ends justifying the…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    Believe the hype, folks. A Quiet Place is one of the best acted, smartest written, remarkably family affirming, heart-wrenching, heart-stoppingly intense experiences you'll have at the movies. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt knocked this one out of the park.

    The strong family dynamics, precise and elaborate tension building, and intense emotional cost make John Krasinski's directorial effort much more than just another scary movie with cheap thrills. He makes us care deeply for every member of this family and their…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Based on the title, I was expecting a much different type of movie. There was certainly some craziness, but not so much in a madcap comedy kind of way as in the actions and attitudes of the ultra-rich are shocking and hard to comprehend. For being labeled a romantic comedy, the movie is surprisingly dramatic, steeped in Asian culture, and the comedy was largely focused in a couple of eccentric supporting characters rather than in the central romantic relationship between…