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  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★

    Most interesting through the comparisons that come to mind. Doesn't hold a candle to some of the stuff Italian cinema (particularly Bava) did at the same time, not to mention the Japanese. But some elements of "Phibes" share more than a passing resemblance to future films like "Seven", "Saw", or even "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".
    Still though, it's pretty dull at times.

  • Black Mirror: USS Callister

    Black Mirror: USS Callister

    ★★★

    Interesting idea(s), wasted potential. This is unfair to say but I'm certain "Rick & Morty" would manage to squeeze twice the ideas and three times the emotions into 20 minutes. This was 75 minutes.

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  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon

    ★★★

    So, the angle to tell this story is way off. I can understand why one would like to (more or less) de-politicize history and tell a human story, but one shouldn't. The first big movie concerned with the Deepwater Horizon incident should've been more like "Silkwood" or at the very least like "Erin Brockvich".

    With that said ... damn, Peter Berg. How he gets there is both by-the-numbers and a bit boring but once things go haywire Berg cranks up the tension and serves up some unmissable set-pieces.

  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★

    Sarah Paulson needs to be in everything. Well, maybe not everything. I don't need to see her in a Transformers movie. Or even a Marvel movie. I may be okay with her making some super-quick dollars, Glenn Close style, and then continue with films like this one or TV-show like the O.J. thing I still haven't seen. The thing is: more Sarah Paulson.

    The talk about two actors' so-called chemistry is silly more often than not. But Paulson and Mark…