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  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★★

    Charming leads; totally fits in with the previous three films. There's no sense that any of them are in danger of getting caught, but who cares? One of the best examples of the "let's do the female version" idea, and it's not throwing it in your face as some sort of painfully overt equality message. They set out to make a light, fun heist film, and that's what you get.

  • Winchester

    Winchester

    ★★

    Using a real life story of the eccentric Sarah Winchester and her ever-changing house is a good basis for a ghost story or some other weird tale. It's been done before to varying degrees of success with "Haunting of Winchester House" (2009) and the Stephen King tv miniseries "Rose Red" (2002).

    The interior of the house is well-designed. The many rooms, hallways and staircases (some which lead to nowhere) make for a disorientating, unsettling location for ghosts to be mucking…

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★½

    Wow. Unflinching brutality, and probably a better throw-back to pure exploitation than anything most more well-known retro throw-backs could ever hope to produce. Instead of trying to recapture that sort of low budget film from the 1970s, this film just is that sort of film, if that makes sense. It's not a recreation of a style, it just is a pure exploitation film. Grimy, mean, violent, driven. The only difference is that it has top notch production values and casting in its favour. Some of this made me cringe and it made me take notice. It's something. It's beautiful.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Remember "Shoot'Em Up"? This is that, with more jokes, and less smarts. From what I understand about the character of Deadpool (I've never read the comics) this seems pretty true to what that character is about. A fourth wall-breaking, super-powered anti-hero hit man. Outside of some of the jokes and performances, most of the plot is ho-hum, and the action scenes were competent, but only had real sizzle when they are set-ups for jokes. No doubt the hype train and the die-hard fans of this character will make this a "classic". This was fun, but I never need to see it again.