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  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    Neon-blasted ‘80’s aesthetic dominates the background as de facto female action star of our age Charlize Theron dominates everything and everybody else. The film isn’t as good as Theron and the array of A-list talent on board here (John Goodman, James McAvoy, etc.), but director David Leitch of John Wick fame steers an almost unwieldy, Byzantine plot as ably as anybody could. Set during the twilight days of the Cold War and just before the fall of the Berlin Wall,…

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    ★★★

    Dang. These old-school Hollywood westerns don’t really hold up in much the same way the spaghetti and Peckinpah variety do, do they? Teaming the superstar pair of John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart was John Ford’s route to box office gold, though given the evolution of the genre, it’s a plodding watch that definitely represents the unhurried pace and hammy platitudes of its era. Wayne’s brand of frontier machismo, devoid of nuance or subtlety on the best of days, clashes with…

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    One of the coolest movies ever made and a masterpiece of the crime genre, Michael Mann has never been better. Furnished with the director's trademark gritty urban style, Pacino and De Niro making every movie geek's dream come true with an unforgettable onscreen rivalry, intense action scenes that take you into the fray like very few movies can, and an amazing supporting cast across the board ... What else can be said that hasn't been already? If you haven't seen…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    aka When The Little Drummer Boy Met The Big Bad Wolf. A relentless, emotionally draining case study in personal ambition meeting the cold harsh reality of what it takes to achieve greatness. J.K. Simmons is Terence Fletcher, a beast of a man who runs his crash-course in perfecting the art of jazz like a drill sergeant. Fuck Mr. Holland – this is an R. Lee Ermey level of intensity with a baton instead of a rifle. Miles Teller is Andrew…