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  • Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

    Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

    ★★★½

    Fan service, but fan service that brought a bit more to the table than usual. I appreciated the stories about Wes Robinson (founder of legendary venue Ruthie's Inn) and Debbie Abono (band manager and scene mom).

    MVP is probably Kirk Hammett's Paul Baloff impression.

  • Battle at Big Rock

    Battle at Big Rock

    ★★★★

    It feels like a cheat to say this is probably the best JP sequel, but to steal a heavy metal expression, it's all pit and no shit, man. We don't have to watch characters bloviate about themes that the movie isn't actually that interested in but it has to pretend to be, we get the bare minimum of exposition and then dinosaurs for 75%+ of the run time.

    My only major complaint isn't so much with this film as the franchise as a whole: can we finally craft a sequence involving the Mosasaurus that doesn't only involve him straight up out of the water?

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  • Krisha

    Krisha

    ★★★★½

    Well, that was good for my anxiety.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    What does it say about me that my initial reaction to this was "Well, won't be long before I'm pissed that film didn't win any Oscars."