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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★

    Feels kind of like Tarkovsky-lite.

    It's funny. Many of the most interesting works of art are the ones in which the "meaning" of the story is open to subjective interpretation. I think that's what makes movies like 'Stalker' or 'Being John Malkovich' so fascinating to so many people. One person's take on each of those stories could be wildly different from another's, and yet both interpretations could be arguably valid.

    On the surface this is a fairly bare-bones story. Some…

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★½

    'Infernal Affairs' for dumbasses (which explains why I liked it.)

    Jokes aside, this is a fun movie with some great visuals and some totally bonkers action scenes. Those long takes in the hospital hallways are quite a feat of organized chaos. The story is goofy and completely unbelievable, but Chow Yun-Fat has the same kinda-sorta-everyman charm that made Bruce Willis a star in 'Die Hard.'

    Just check your brain at the door if you don't want to be scratching your head over how a six-shooter revolver fires seventeen some-odd bullets before needing to be reloaded.

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    It never gets old.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    When 'The Force Awakens' came out, I remember feeling a little concerned. Not because I didn't enjoy the movie, but because I foresaw Disney taking what might be the lazy route in making these new 'Star Wars' movies. The series' fictional universe is absolutely massive, with near-unlimited opportunities to tell stories that are new and unique.

    But I was afraid Disney would be stuck rehashing the original trilogy, in the same way 'The Force Awakens' did for the original 'Star…