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  • The Flame and the Arrow

    The Flame and the Arrow

    ★★★

    Burt clowning it up as a lothario Italian Robin Hood and then putting on clown make up for good measure. Totally silly but also totally fun. The bonkers three-ring circus of an ending is worth a viewing unto itself.

  • Mile 22

    Mile 22

    ★★

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

    I imagine this as the sort of dumb, hackneyed action thriller that a White House staffer might show Trump so he'll finally be able to comprehend the scope and imagination of Russian interference. He probably still wouldn't get it.

    Wasn't prepared for the hardcore level of caricature across the board, not just with the characters of color but with Wahlberg too, who is a socially estranged, mentally compromised, masochistic "patriot."

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

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

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…