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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.

  • Bushwick

    Bushwick

    ★★

    For what it's worth, Dave Bautista is great in this "what if" scenario, while all the other actors (few that there may be) feel bland and uninspired. Some of the action is pretty good, and engages on a "you're really there on the street with them" sort of level. But really that's it.

    The movie insists on you not knowing anymore than what the main characters know, yet the film tires so hard to be serious and make political points…

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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.

  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★

    Holy fuck, another "true story" thing.

    Matthew McConaughey really seems like he's looking to out-Bale Christian Bale these days, here doing a very Bale-like thing and transforming himself from sexy leading man to unappealing shlub. I could see Bale playing this role in his sleep. But instead we have McConaughey playing an alcoholic, balding wreck looking to rebuild his Father's prospecting company.

    Honestly, this was pretty damn boring. Only worth it for seeing McConaughey chewing the scenery.