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  • Swing Girls

    Swing Girls

    ★★★★

    "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who swing and those who don't."

    Is the storyline a bit loose and filled with a mite too many coincidences? You betcha. But jazz is all odd beats and improv, at least on one level, and here's a movie that ends with a long. intense big band jazz performance to shame any film coming out Hollywood's "Golden Age."

  • Billy Jack

    Billy Jack

    ★★★½

    Billy Jack (1971) may not be a good movie, technically, but how many hippie kung fu Native American Reservation-based movies with good intentions are there?

    I mean, it's Billy Jack or that Steven Seagal movie... I'll take Billy Jack.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

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

    I needed to sit on this for more than twenty-four hours. I needed some time to process my unease with Rogue One, and the fight within to want to like it more than I could. Lots of friends had already seen it, and were raving. I felt the need to rant, but the objections were only half-formed.

    When I got home from seeing it, Carrie Fisher was in the hospital.

    I had a few conversations online about how I thought…

  • Don't Be a Sucker!

    Don't Be a Sucker!

    ★★★★★

    There are arguments to be made against this unknown gem, but the best argument for it is our current political era. Look for it on Youtube, and share, share, share.

    The following is the back and forth that happened when I shared it on social media:

    My original post:

    The more things change... Not everything the "Greatest Generation" left behind is outdated. "Trump supporters, stop being suckers." Signed, 1947.

    The Backlash:

    I thought that this film would be more appropriately…