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  • First We Take Brooklyn

    First We Take Brooklyn

    Starts off promising, but quickly devolves into a half-baked Scorsese highlight reel that ends with a wet fart. Even for only being in the film for about five minutes, Harvey Keitel gives us one of the most unconvincing Russian mobsters ever put on screen.

  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★★

    Essentially "Braveheart part 2: Brave Harder". Well, it's far less full of bullshit than that Gibson film was, and feels more authentic. Still, no matter how true to the "facts" it gets, there's no way I'm ever going to totally be behind royalty fighting other royalty for the rights to own lots of land and enslave the people on it. Let's not lie to ourselves: most, if not all wars are about that alone, and the royalty of any country,…

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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.