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  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★

    A CURE FOR WELLNESS is a one of those big-budget, trope-tastic, beautifully filmed, studio mystery-thrillers-with-a-huge-flaw movies...where the flaw is somewhat unusual. Normally, these kinds of films - like a lot of studio horror titles - make the mistake of assuming their audience are a bunch of idiots. This movie, on the other hand, simply doesn't know how to write a mystery story.

    As a result, it drops clues far too early (which you can mostly guess the ending from) and…

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    ATOMIC BLONDE has, like so many films these days it seems, an identity problem. Is it a super-cool, aloof, stylized, over-the-top action romp or a gritty, emotional, humanistic Cold War spy action-thriller? You might think that a film could be both, but if such a film exists then ATOMIC BLONDE is not it.

    Act one goes for stylish and aloof and it's so dull and behind the curve on "coolness" that it could almost give you a migraine watching it…

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  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future

    ★★★★★

    Perfection is a term that you have to be careful with before you dare to throw it around. It implies a kind of unique, finely-tuned, high-water mark that could almost not be exceeded without significantly altering the thing that is perfect to begin with. Perfection is also timeless, something that doesn't date unless it actually gets better with age. Perfection is hard to come by...but perfection is the seminal 1980's growing-up/time-travel/sci-fi/comedy extravaganza: BACK TO THE FUTURE. Like lightning that is…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★★

    While I can totally concede that this film stands completely on the shoulders of the original movie (at times being a near shot-for-shot remake) and its self-indulgent running time of almost 3 hours can give the impression that this is a blockbuster-sized adaptation on steroids, it goes without saying that this is still David Fincher's greatest achievement since his seminal FIGHT CLUB and his most beautiful work since SE7EN. Facts alone, with all remake-politics aside, that make this a worthwhile…