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  • Love Jones

    Love Jones

    ★★★★

    Predictable? Sure, but the abundance of charm, wit, sass and style is undeniable. It's a standout debut feature with a nicely curated soundtrack.

  • American Assassin

    American Assassin

    ★★½

    Rewatched for the action scenes, which are exciting, tightly choreographed and well shot. Cuesta first grabbed my attention with L.I.E. and his work on Homeland but he needed better script on this one. It's a mashup of old tropes from 24. Keaton's scenery chewing and a miscast Lathan also don't help.

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap, what a gruesome nightmare event. Riveting storytelling with great style, excellent cinematography, an otherworldly soundtrack and strong performances across the board. This docudrama deserves all the awards. Every single one.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

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

    This film will certainly create new Queen fans, but why fabricate a plotline using a clichéd rockstar movie template when there's a true story that's uniquely interesting? Freddie Mercury isn't Dewey Cox. He didn't betray the band by going solo (Roger and Brian did solo projects years before Freddie did; and Roger assisted Freddie's solo effort); the band never broke up; Live Aid wasn't their swan song; etc. Freddie is a one-of-a-kind music icon with an R-rated journey. His legacy deserves more than this sanitized cookie-cutter PG-13 crowd-pleaser.