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  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★

    There's a lot I liked about this, but overall I was left feeling rather unimpressed. I really like the way the John Walker character was written, and Wyatt Russell killed it with his performance. Both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are fine actors in their roles as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but the plot and script don't do much for their characters. A deliberate attempt was made to give them lives outside of work, and the problem is…

  • Mahoney's Last Stand

    Mahoney's Last Stand

    ★½

    This obscure Canadian film has an excellent soundtrack album of rock and roll and country music by Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane, both members of the Faces before Wood joined the Rolling Stones. The music is not used very well in the film, however, and the film itself is terrible. There doesn't seem to have been a script, and there isn't much that could be called a plot. The whole thing is a self-indulgent snorefest by producer/writer/star Alexis Kanner, who…

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  • Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

    Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

    ★★★★★

    This '70s adventure flick, based on the popular action hero of 1930s and '40s pulp fiction, is a whole lot of fun. It's not an origin story; you're just expected to know who Doc Savage is and what his powers are. I didn't have a clue, and I doubt many viewers of the '70s would have known much about him either. From what I can tell, Savage is a superior athlete, a scientific genius, and seems to possess some knowledge…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★½

    Bogart is at his best in this classic proto-noir thriller. For a guy who played so many anti-heroes, his portrayal of Sam Spade may just be his anti-est. It's a joy to watch a movie with so many despicable yet magnetic characters. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well, and the rapid-fire dialogue is some of the best of its era. If the film has a flaw, it may be that it's TOO talky. Would it have killed…