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  • Spectral

    Spectral

    ★★★

    Eh, I don't know. Very solid effects and action sequences but it sits uneasily between sci-fi and horror in a way that didn't work for me. Plus, there were plenty of head scratchers even for a loosey-goosey genre exercise like this. But, it's "Aliens" with ghosts (they even have their own Newt), so there are worse ways to spend your Netflix time.

  • Acts of Vengeance

    Acts of Vengeance

    ★★

    If you ask Mr. Banderas what he's been up to lately, he probably won't mention this one.

    Yikes!

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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

    What with this film and the way Narcos is surging on Netflix, you could almost imagine that the cartels are taking an old school Hollywood approach to propoganda. They do have plenty of money to throw around don't they?

    Anyway, none of this should besmirch this excellent follow-up to the equally excellent, but underrated, "Prisoners". Part Traffic, part Syriana and part Heat this is a hard dark look at the murky goings-on between American agencies and crime cartels. Whether or…

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    ★★★½

    In case you haven't noticed, Cannes stopped being a reliable arbiter of cinematic quality over a decade ago. If not before that. There's plenty of great stuff that gets the oak leaf nod, but many more that are far less deserving. It's almost as if there are other factors than filmic talent at play. Imagine!

    Anyway, the smart person's game has not been to follow the "winners" of Cannes, but rather the panned and despised. Especially since many of these…