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  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    ★★★½

    Rewatched this one for the first time since seeing it in theaters. It's similar to Mann's other later efforts. But this one just didn't grip me the same way. Again, the characters are cold and impenetrable and very little biographical information is given. I didn't know much about John Dillinger and didn't really learn much about him from the film. Other than watching period detail and some old-timey gangster action (tommy guns!), it's not much fun. Some of those sequences…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    I watched this classic in IMAX and the new restoration was a mesmerizing experience. The sound in particular was incredibly immersive. The version shown was Coppola's new three-hour "Final Cut" version which tightens up and removes some scenes from the "Redux" version. I still prefer the original theatrical cut which I think gets it just right. The added scenes are good. They've become a part of the movie's lore, but they're mostly inessential and just add color to an already…

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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…

  • The Insider

    The Insider

    ★★★★½

    A terrific picture from Michael Mann. He turns a fairly mundane plot (tobacco is addictive! TV network shenanigans) into an emotionally cathartic suspense thriller. Al Pacino is terrific and this may be his last great role. He starts as a fairly reasonable and introspective Pacino character and then becomes a big shouty one as desperation takes hold. Russell Crowe is excellent as well, though in revisiting this I did find his accent a little suspect and the movie has a…