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  • Primal Fear

    Primal Fear

    ★★★★

    I miss films like this. Smart, intelligent thrillers with talented ensemble casts, made for the big screen, made to be shared with audiences so you can hear the collective GASP at the twists. They aren’t being made anymore, really. They shifted to television, partly. But I got my share in my twenties, I guess. This one is fondly remembered. It’s about 20 minutes too long, and has a fairly standard potboiler plot, but it also has a killer twist -…

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★★½

    The thing I most appreciated about this Serkis-Warner-actually-Netflix version is that it doesn’t share (beyond the first act standards) too many narrative or tonal similarities with the Disney version(s). Definitely the way to go. It’s obviously closer to Kipling in some ways - less kiddie-friendly (and crowd pleasing), with FAR less sympathetic characters - even the “good” animals are almost all kinda bastards. The vibe is darker and harsher and more threatening throughout. Surely THIS version is a more honest…

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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★★

    Talking mammals. Stunning 3D animation. Topical social commentary. Clever plotting. Funny jokes. Great title. 10/10.

  • The Gauntlet

    The Gauntlet

    ★★★★

    Classic 70s Clint. I think I actually prefer this to all the Dirty Harry pics bar the original. Clint certainly plays a much milder, less homicidal version of good old detective Callahan here - more wounded, gentler, human. He only shoots his gun TWICE. But it's still the legendary Clint, and still the legendary squint.

    I first delighted in this flick as a young teen, watching it some weekend evening in my basement bedroom. And, since then, the most memorable…