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  • Metallica: A Year and a Half in the Life Of...

    Metallica: A Year and a Half in the Life Of...

    ★★★★★

    Metallica is aptly named for so many reasons besides the obvious one of being the same name as the band who birthed it over a difficult period, and resulting in the one thing which has defined their legacy in rock music above everything that came before, and certainly after. That someone was there to film it all being done is one of those dumb luck things documentaries sometimes are, capturing history the moment it happens.

    It's also an appropriate title…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    I usually make a point of it not to talk about other films in a review unless absolutely necessary. But sometimes it is absolutely necessary and here it certainly is. I read a quote from James Gray before it's release of how he saw it as a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Apocalypse Now. While this certainly makes obvious homages to 2001 (frankly it's better when movies like this steer towards instead of away from it's influence), I…

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.

    Tom Cruise (in arguably…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

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

    There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…