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  • Midnight Express

    Midnight Express

    ★★★

    I must be seriously desensitized, because the torture and despondency at the heart of this movie didn't much register with me. I never managed to sympathize with the protagonist and his air of American arrogance and exceptionalism, so perhaps that played a role. Should've stuck with another viewing of Le Trou instead, but all these Best Picture nominees ain't gonna watch themselves.

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★★

    I made the mistake of telling my significant other how utterly ripped Alicia Vikander was in this, so I ended up watching it again, this time with her. My rating is unchanged, but I'm still impressed that one person's back and abdominal muscles are compelling enough to keep me interested in a so-so film for two hours twice in a single weekend. That, and the fact that she's got more grunts, groans, and growls in her repertoire than Tom Hardy on his best day.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★★

    It manages to bastardize all three Indiana Jones movies that actually exist, though Vikander proves surprisingly game both physically and emotionally, almost making us forget about the film's poor script and ambivalent execution through sheer force of corded muscle and outright thespianism.