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  • Stone Cold

    Stone Cold

    ★★★

    Directed by action-film lifer Craig R. Baxley and starring Lance Henriksen as one of his most reptilian villains, STONE COLD is so much better than you’re probably thinking it is if you’ve never seen it before. It’s almost a referendum on the action films of the previous decade, the 1980s, the age of action-movie excess. STONE COLD takes just about every last Shane Black/Joel Silver/Arnold Schwarzenegger action cliche and mixes it up in a super-charged stew of over-the-top pyrotechnics. The…

  • Sugar Hill

    Sugar Hill

    ★★★½

    At the peak of “blaxploitation,” somebody had the inspiration to mix in the zombie genre. That’s how SUGAR HILL happens. And in the role that anyone might otherwise expect to be played by Pam Grier, the miraculous Marki Bey proves herself to be a mighty fine protagonist in her own right. It’s to the detriment of all movies that she only worked a few more years after SUGAR HILL. Sometimes a little sliver of Heaven is all you get.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

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  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ★★★★½

    Fast food restaurants are our modern domestic spiritual battleground. If you don’t agree, take a look at the daily news. Every major intellectual (and anti-intellectual) conflict this nation faces at the present moment seems to be playing out as often as not in a McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, or Chik-Fil-A. We’ve got stories about crime, race, gender equality, marriage equality, immigration, nutrition, animal cruelty, shooting rampages, and now, as detailed in the new movie Compliance, malevolent prank…