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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    Because the only thing that stops a bad guy with a dinosaur is a good guy with a dinosaur.

  • Creep 2

    Creep 2

    ★★★

    Duplass is an absolute joy to watch but the movie tries to balance so many clashing elements that it ends up fighting itself on tone. That disconnect proved to be an effective source of tension the first time around but since this sequel (or any sequel for that matter) builds on what we already know about "Peachfuzz" the experience hinges on a will-he-won't-he vibe that just isn't all that interesting. Proves that a "woke slasher" might be a contradiction in terms. But it's still a good try.

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  • Roadgames

    Roadgames

    ★★★★

    Plucky yet relentless. Stacy Keach nails it as the gregarious guy-who-drives-a-truck-but-is-not-a-truck-driver and JLC cements her scream queen reputation as an inquisitive hitcher in this 80s gem that features one of the weirdest car chases I've ever seen.

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    The sheer brutality and nihilism of Koike's writing doesn't really make the transition from manga to screen but enough of it bleeds through to give you this fresh sense of alien doom that is otherwise lacking in other chanbara before or since. I remember watching the New World Pictures mash-up as a kid feeling utterly disturbed by Itto Ogami's almost vile single-mindedness. At least in comparison to other samurai flicks I'd seen. Wakayama suffused his portrayal of Ogami with an…