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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★½

    A couple of side plots too long, several notches of melodrama too much, but ultimately a captivating bit of cat and mouse between cop and bad guy.

    Neil (Robert De Niro) is invisible to the police, maneuvering a well-oiled crew through various heists. He's avoided heat. They all have. But when they overtake an armored bank truck, a new guy on the crew gets trigger happy and, well, even Neil's fastidious crime scene gives off a whiff for Lt. Vincent…

  • 31

    31

    ★★½

    31 is the slasher-slash-torture porn movie that all the young horror-slash-torture porny directors wish they could make.

    This isn't really a compliment, although the budget (and Rob Zombie's general aesthetic) elevates 31 above whatever random horror wannabe movie is clanking about on the free streaming sites.

    Big debt owed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Big debt to Hostel 1 and 3. Big debt to Saw. Big debt to Heath Ledger and his version of The Joker.

    A ramshackle circus troupe…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell needs to pause for a moment and look at the career of Tim Burton. Tim Burton started off as an intriguing, creative director, but then he fell in love with Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter and he stopped making movies, he started making backyard jungle gyms for his new infatuations to play about in. Quality tanked, movies sucked, life goes on because there are plenty of movies out there to watch that aren't Burton/Carter/Depp lovefests.

    David…