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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★

    Adapting Baldwin's novel, Jenkins' film is about how love itself feels impossible within a climate of fear. It's an interesting thesis (though the dialogue at times becomes too literary, highlighting how Jenkins can't decide between reverie or realism), I just think the romance itself needed to be portrayed with more star-crossed passion and sensuality for the rest to work.

  • Rampage

    Rampage

    ★★½

    I don't have patience for people who say things like, "There's movies and then there's films" [cuts pizza with a fork]. At the same time, I'll see something like RAMPAGE and feel it needs to be classified as a different medium altogether.

    It's actually good in places: Director Brad Peyton gets into many of his scenes with extensive CG-enhanced long takes, just for the kinetic love of them. And the script has some sense of humour about how stupid it…

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  • Detention

    Detention

    It's always a tricky proposition when you make dinner for your date and she then demands to see your own movie. I hadn't watched DETENTION in several years, and this is the first time it started to feel like a long time ago and that I was sort of able to experience it as a regular audience member might.

    My date had a couple questions about things like why the neighbours don't hear Riley screaming when chased through suburban backyards.…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    It's curious how many reviews on here say this is way better than they remembered it being. There was obviously something askew about blockbuster expectations in 1996, and I'm not sure what that was, but it brings me to two points...

    1) The plotting of this movie was criticized as too convoluted at the time, while watching it now, it's relatively tight. Which is to say, you can identify what this movie is about more clearly than the strung together…