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  • Hardware

    Hardware

    ★★★½

    I wasn't too impressed with "Hardware" upon my initial viewing, so I'm glad I gave it another look. Possibly the most "punk" dystopia ever conceived, it pledges allegiance to no specific genre, instead taking bits of drama, romance, sci-fi, satire, comedy, horror, and suspense. Throw it in a meat grinder, and you get one of the most distinctive films of its time (and one that has aged surprisingly well). That being said, the first act is a clunky acclimation period…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★½

    After the disappointment of "High-Rise," it's refreshing to see Ben Wheatley channel his talents into an unabashed, straightforward genre piece. The pace is breezy, the violence savage, and the characters distinctive. There is even a streak of coal-black humor that complements the carnage. My only real complaint would be the obviousness of the "whodunit" factor, but that's not really integral to the enjoyment of this worthy "Reservoir Dogs" successor. See it on the big screen if you can.

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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    Still underrated. Still chilling as hell. And still better than HALLOWEEN by leaps and bounds. And Margot Kidder gives possibly her best performance ever.

  • My Soul to Take

    My Soul to Take

    Retire already, Wes.