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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    the defining film of the 21st century. we live in the absolute stupidest time in American history.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    [Digital IMAX]

    when the monkeyman threw the bone in the air it should have cut to a NOS canister in Dominic Toretto's Charger

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  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    ★★

    nowhere near as good as THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001) dir. Rob Cohen.

  • Black Eagle

    Black Eagle

    VAN DAMMAGE 003

    in this one Van Damme plays a KGB agent named Andrei opposite Shō Kosugi's titular BLACK EAGLE. pretty dire stuff, ugly to look at with bad fights, but i guess there's a certain charm to a $3 million spy picture being filmed entirely on the beautiful island of Malta now that every major blockbuster is shot against some green screen behind a Georgia state highway. Van Damme does get some dimension as the villain, including a romantic…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    A walking contradiction. Wants to deconstruct superhero movies in a metatextual way but sticks stringently to origin story formula; wants to appeal to a teenage demo with its juvenile dick joke humor but is stuffed to the gills with pop references for thirtysomethings; wants to be seen as a big bad R-rated comic book film but treats violence as flippantly as a bullshit video game. It's obnoxious. It's boring. It's aesthetically revolting. And it's apparently what the people want, given that it's now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. We get the world we deserve.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★½

    feels less like this movie has a screenplay at times than a Bingo board full of woke signifiers to fill, the first few minutes alone presenting the sight of Michelle Obama, 'RBG', and a big RESIST sticker on a car window. but what exactly are these characters resisting? they seem to live in a near-future neoliberal utopia where the worst offense a person could commit is maybe being a lil' bit judgmental. there is zero truth or texture to this…