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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★

    Enclosed space. Well drawn characters. A whodunit twist thrown in to unbalance the audience. A lot of shooting. A lot of missing. A lot of ricochets. A lot of crawling around with minor (and major) gun-related injuries. This may have been the perfect movie for me. I need to see it again to make sure. All I know is Ben Wheatley is a beast.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★

    Films like this are sometimes the hardest films to review because its hard to recognize its references and influences and yet allow it to stand on its own terms. I like the nihilistic message of the film and, while I saw the ending coming from the moment that the escape plan was hatched, it had to be that way. The creature design was expertly crafted, designed and executed, but I found that it didn't have the dread that the Xenomorph…

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  • Believe Me

    Believe Me

    ★★★½

    "Christian film" is such a combative term on both sides of the divide. There are those who hear that description and automatically presuppose the film's suckiness--and that goes for both believer and nonbeliever alike. Then there are those who hear the term and embrace it with all of the voracity they can muster and expect to have nice, tidy happy endings--this is only believers. Believe Me will disappoint both crowds.

    First, it isn't sucky, at all. Matter of fact, it…

  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★½

    After I watched this film, I told my best friend that he should watch it because he has always been a fan of the Yun-Fat Chow & John Woo films set in Hong Kong. This film, though with a bit more of a stylized edge reminded me of those old Woo films crossed with the dated technology feel of The Wire and the largely realistic-feeling gun fights of Michael Mann. If you are looking for a well made crime noir film,…