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  • The Equalizer 2

    The Equalizer 2

    ★★★

    Denzel Washington reprises his role with all the charisma and calculated kills that made his character so memorable in the first film. The action scenes are handled very well, and the craftiness the protagonist employs to defeat his foes is always engaging. Unfortunately, the movie suffers from an unfocused narrative. There is an overarching story, but it takes nearly an hour before the hero finally becomes involved in that conflict. For the first half of the movie, he works as…

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

    With his performance in Hacksaw Ridge and now this, Vince Vaughn has been making a stellar step into more intense dramatic roles. The results have been spectacular. This is one of the best performances I have seen from him, but what surprised me the most was how impressive he was in the actions scenes. If you get queasy from curb-stomps and compound fractures, you might be inclined to shield your eyes, but the wide-camera angles and long takes (perfect direction…

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★½

    I have finally seen all versions of the movie and prefer the final cut. This film, while it initially left me conflicted, has grown on me over the years, and I firmly recognize it as the influential and imperfect masterpiece that it is. Both thought-provoking and visually stunning, this is a must watch for cinemaphiles, especially for those who love science fiction.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★★½

    Wind River is yet another example of the writing talents of Taylor Sheridan and proves that he has directing chops as well. The murder mystery set in the snowy countryside of a Native American reservation in Wyoming makes for a thoroughly engaging narrative. The acting is all around superb. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen both give some of their best performances here. Another standout is Gil Birmingham, who you may recognize from Hell or High Water, another film written by…