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  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★½

    This kinda got savaged by critics at the time, didn't it? Not sure why; it's pretty basic, and Cage is very Cage-ey, but it's a solid thriller with some fun visuals and a nice tense build. I liked it.

    Granted, it's not perfect, and the romantic connection at the end is SUPER forced (and honestly kinda gross), but eh. Structurally the movie's inventive, and I liked that.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed the hell out of this movie, the first one to really get at the core of what it means to be Batman in a long time. Honestly, though, the fact that it's a Lego movie is more distracting than beneficial. I wish it were straight animation, or better yet, live-action. Still one of the best Batman movies out there, tho.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    It's good. It's not great.

    Full review coming to www.cinescopers.com in a day or two!

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★½

    Theatrical cut. GOD, that ending. Woof.

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    The problems from the first film carry over into this sequel, as do the positive qualities. For a full review, check out www.cinescopers.com!

  • How to Steal a Million

    How to Steal a Million

    ★★★½

    Delightful little heist romp with some A+ chemistry between Hepburn and O'Toole, fun side characters, and a couple genuine surprises. Fluff, but entertaining fluff.

  • The Fog

    The Fog

    ★★★½

    Not Carpenter's best, but thrilling, effective, and scary all the same. I love the simplicity of the ghost story plot (tho honestly it's a little TOO simple at times) and the gorgeous cinematography. Plus I'm a sucker for anything shot on the Northern California coast.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★★

    Comfort movie.

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★

    The script (essentially a rough draft for the much-better Heat) isn't great, but this movie is My Aesthetic so much it hurts. Gorgeous nighttime cinematography, a stoic-but-quietly-desperate lead performance, and a chillingly brilliant synth score from Tangerine Dream? Yes, please.

  • It

    It

    ★★

    Review coming 2017-09-10 to www.cinescopers.com!

  • The Italian Job

    The Italian Job

    ★★★½

    The plot, characters, and dialogue are all basic as hell. But F. Gary Gray directs the hell out of this (why isn't he a bigger director? JK, I know why), and the actors are juuuuuust charismatic enough to make the wooden dialogue work. Heck of a lot of fun.

  • Shakespeare in Love

    Shakespeare in Love

    ★★★★

    Review coming soon to www.cinescopers.com