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  • Freejack

    Freejack

    ½

    This finally is available for streaming. I hadn’t seen it in decades but had held it up as a shining example of a terrible movie based on that memory. So I rewatched it to see if my opinion would change or if my memory was charmingly exaggerated.

    No on both counts! This is a terrible, no good, awful movie. There is nothing redeemable about it, nor is there anything to satisfy the tired “so bad it’s good” line. It’s just awful.

  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★★

    While the film is far from perfect, there’s an energy and charisma that radiates from its stars - especially the inimitable Bruce Lee - that keeps you glued to the screen. The music, the choreography, the go-for-broke James Bond-ness of it all culminates in a whole that is far beyond the sum of its parts. 

    The most wonderful aspect of this film is that it’s essentially an exploitation film writ large, but with the power structure inverted. It’s the audience…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    It’s a touch slow at parts, and the VFX undermine the action at points. But it’s a supremely fresh take on the Marvel template, written smartly and with a fully realized and believable fictional culture. The score is phenomenal. Overall worth the hype.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a lot of elements that work well. Delightful scene-stealing characters, solid art direction, bold effects work, and slick plot contrivances  make you forgiving of a very uneven start. The third act is indisputably a well-constructed battle scene, full of the type of visual dynamism that keeps you invested.

    It also has a lot of things to like, and I think that’s part of the issue. The things to like wind up making you…