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  • The Last Dance

    The Last Dance

    ★★★★★

    This is a terrific and definitive 10-part documentary focusing on the legendary Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1998. I'm not really a sports fan, but for anyone who grew up in the 1990s, Michael Jordan was everything. A real life superhero. This documentary is told extremely well. It's thrilling, engrossing and very emotional.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★½

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

    This is a well made and harrowing depiction of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in Belarus during WWII. It's told through the eyes of a young and naive teen who idealistically joins the resistance and goes mad as he confronts the horrors of war.

    As it starts, one is reminded of Tarkovsky's "Ivan's Childhood" which had a similarly eclectic and even satirical depiction of war. But before long, our protagonist is struck deaf and dumb by what he witnesses.…

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  • White House Down

    White House Down

    ★★★½

    Another big, silly action movie, but the most entertaining one of the summer so far. I had a much more fun time watching this than with my viewings of Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, World War Z, Iron Man 3, or Fast & Furious 6. It feels like good old fashioned action entertainment in the vein of the Die Hard series or even the better '90s Bruckheimer-produced actioners.

    Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx have great chemistry onscreen. James Woods…

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★★½

    There are better movies out there, but few are as awesome as John Boorman's "Excalibur". Growing up a fan of Arthurian legend, I remember watching this for the first time and and being a little put off by its 1980s bombasticity. At first, Nicol Williamson's performance as Merlin seemed strange and Nigel Terry as Arthur didn't feel quite right for a film's hero. But getting deeper into its story of Pagan magic, gleaming armor, epic chivalry, and trippy visuals, it…