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  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Die Hard
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • While the City Sleeps

    ★★★

  • The Mummy

    ★★★★

  • Beverly Hills Cop II

    ★★½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Top Gun: IMAXerick

  • Beverly Hills Cop II

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    ★★½

    The '80s was such a simpler time for action movies. BEVERLY HILLS COP II is by no means good, but you can't blame Don Simspon and Jerry Bruckheimer pairing their TOP GUN director with a white hot Eddie Murphy for the sequel.

    I mean Tony Scott knew how to shoot action better than anyone (sorry fans of Bayhem).

    Still love the interplay from Foley, Rosewood, and Taggert with some legit good laughs. Unsung comedy MVP is Foley's commanding officer in Detroit.

    This would have been a hell of a lot better with a stronger story and not coming out a few months after LETHAL WEAPON.

    Whoops.

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  • The Tax Collector

    The Tax Collector

    David Ayer returns to the streets in this hot mess of South Central gangs having to pay a fee to the "Wizard" and the return of Crenjo, a criminal that offers the titular character an ultimatum...or else.

    Shia LaBeouf is easily the best character. He's the muscle (Creeper) to the collector. The marketing emphasizes Shia as the star when he is not.

    Aside from writing TRAINING DAY, writing/directing END OF WATCH, and a few scenes in HARSH TIMES and STREET KINGS, Ayer keeps striking out more than ending up on base.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    Producer: "Aaron, the rule of thumb with screenplays is that one page equals one minute of screen time."

    Sorkin: "Are you not familiar with my work? I am to dialogue what Michael Bay is to explosions."

    Simply one of the best films of 2020 with a Murderers' Row of great performances, and nicely lensed by Phedon Papamichael, who has collaborated with Alexander Payne and James Mangold - and whose early filmography includes the likes of COOL RUNNINGS and BIO-DOME.

    This is no sophomore slump for Aaron Sorkin as a director following MOLLY'S GAME.