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  • Public Enemies

    ★★★

  • Prey

  • The Hole

    ★★★★★

  • Straw Dogs

    ★★★★½

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  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    ★★★

    More of an FBI origin story but the melodrama pales in comparison to the Clark Gable one

  • Prey

    Prey

    "Are you not entertained?"

    Really lame stuff through and through. I imagine the two crackers doing blow at some LA club, obvious beta losers, discussing how much they are going to sucker the "woke" crowd with doing "a really respectful Comanche girlboss movie." This is the most boring, sanitized retreading of an undoubtably classic muscle man 80s flick and doesn't understand why that one worked at all. This has no sense of pacing, unlike even Predators or AVP, the latter…

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★

    Very much the work of a Gen X'er pretending that Gen Z is some kind of ideal society, with every character from the beginning of the film being practically self-actualized. With that, there is absolutely no dramatic urgency: I mean, sure, the girls have something to prove to their classmates, but motivations steadily slip throughout the film—to the convenience of the plot. And that is what this is: a film that cribs all its emotional beats from Superbad without understanding…

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3

    ★★★★

    Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight becoming the most highly praised superhero films of all times represents a shift in the ethos of the viewer. No longer could films about fascistic, costumed super-men point fun at their own artifice or have any kind of self-criticism that wasn't completely self-indulgent (Nolan's Batman)—hence, we got the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which much like John Stewart before it intersperses petty jokes throughout to placate audiences need for levity while delivering portentous…