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  • Magic Mike

    Magic Mike

    ★★★

    A movie can go a long way on Channing Tatum's charm, and while this is Citizen Kane compared to Showgirls, but it doesn't really work. The story is split between two protagonists - a dull character that makes all the dumb mistakes, leaving Tatum to be Mr. Perfect. It starts off like it's going to be about their relationship - a master/student type of story - but that becomes completely unimportant as things develop and Tatum's story takes the focus.…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★

    The rumors are true. Paddington is a delightful and charming and unbearably cute movie. Am I gaga over it like others seem to be? No. Despite its witty writing, overly British sentiments, and Wes Andersony production design, it's a little too glossy and easygoing to fully win me over, and the pratfall comedy isn't particularly innovative. But I'll watch the sequel.

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★

    Effective horror film that turns the jungle into a living hell, although the only real horror is what the arrogant Americans do to the natives, and the fake gore isn't nearly as distasteful as the plentiful real gore (all with animals). Very unseemly stuff.

  • Know Your Enemy - Japan

    Know Your Enemy - Japan

    ★★★

    Five Came Back called Capra's anti-Jap documentary indefensible in the way it vilifies the enemy, but if you cut through the propaganda it offers an interesting history of Japan (with a focus on their cruel and warlike nature) and ironically ends its condemnation by telling us how Americans will be more victorious and more warlike than the Japanese could ever dream of.