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  • Hell House LLC

    Hell House LLC

    ★★★★

    The more found footage you watch the better this seems - just a movie, and a franchise, that gets it right. You wish, occasionally, that it would get out of its own way; that it would stop, for instance, cutting to talking-head footage that undercuts the tension and adds next to nothing. But the scares all work, and the way the different strands come together in the final sequence is quietly superb. A genre standout.

  • Rush Hour 2

    Rush Hour 2

    ★½

    This movie just does not deserve the work Jackie Chan does in it. Like some bravura Buster Keaton sequences in the middle of goddamn Porky's. Wash your mouth out with Police Story.

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  • Romeo Must Die

    Romeo Must Die

    ★★★★

    Look, Timbaland does the beats and Jet Li fights a person using the body of another person and I honestly don't know what the fuck else you want.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★½

    Look, this deserves evaluation (and a fair amount of praise) on its own merits, and not just in comparison to Bohemian Rhapsody, but I feel like we should at least acknowledge that it contains

    1) gay sex, between two men, who are naked, and make out first

    2) a star who actually does the singing in the film, because otherwise what is the point of all this

    3) a former Game of Thrones actor playing music producer John Reid, but…