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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    You can’t ignore history. Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge tracked down a true story during World War II to frame a parable about resolving the struggle of warfare and faith. Oscar-nominated and widely regarded as a solid return-to-form, the crux of the film is let down by the reality in the Japanese-America conflict.

    While Desmond Doss refused to hold a weapon during the war, the most destructive weapon the world has ever seen is responsible for why the war ceased. Let…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★½

    There’s beauty in Prometheus. Granted, the scientists are foolish (and Fifield, in a mood until he’s devoured and set alight, is an awfully dull character), but it looks stunning. Director Ridley Scott, directing the sequel to Prometheus and, of course, the prequel to his monster iconic horror, Alien, is back in the chair for Alien: Covenant. Connecting the dots between the series, it remains magnificently composed with a new, likeable crew to take on creatures that lurk in the shadows.

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Based on the west coast streets, with the orange haze and branded bill-boards, Nightcrawler comes out of the dark with a sordid capitalist tale to tell. Starring a wide-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, videographer of the LA boulevards, it’s a name he won’t let you forget. He captures the bloody crimes that dominate the morning television screens across the local area. Leeching off the ills of society, his role is needed because it makes money. His “professional” and guide-to-success…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★½

    No music and little dialogue introduce brothers Mark (Tatum) and Dave (Ruffalo) Schultz. The dance of wrestlers, grabbing and holding each other in pin-downs and body-throws, prove their intimate knowledge of each other’s physicality. A combination of Bennett Miller’s considered direction and the actor’s commitment ensure that their relationship is deeply personal and wholly authentic. Foxcatcher is rooted in the world of wrestling, whereby the support of John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) gave security to athletes determined to be the…