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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    Essentially the formula of "The Descent" (2005), but with an all-male group of protagonists instead of all-female, and in the the woods instead of a system of caves. You know it: friends gather together on a trip. There is uncomfortable tragedy or drama between some or all of them. Something scary and dangerous begins to happen to them, and so the group eventually turn on each other as they are hunted by unseen forces in the dark. Of course, "The…

  • Braven

    Braven

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Remember when you were supposed to buy the 1980s action stars, who had muscles in their shit, as every day average men thrown into extraordinary situations, usually to protect their families/friends? Well, that idea has never died apparently.

    Jason Momoa is your typical muscle-bound, badass owner of a lumber company, who finds his family in danger from drug-running mercenaries when one of his employees, working for the baddies, temporarily stashes a drug shipment in his cabin. The employee in question…

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  • 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.

  • 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.