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  • Out of the Past

    Out of the Past

    ★★★★½

    Before we had the Rock flexing his cast off and saying, “Daddy’s gotta go to work,” we had Robert Mitchum replying to a face slap with, “That evens us. Now fold your hands, or I'll fold 'em for you.”

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★½

    The first thirty minutes of John Wick amount to one of my favorite action character introductions of all time—a dizzying trip from sad, lonely John to the justified, vengeful Baba Yaga. When the sledge comes out you know it's go time.

    See this before watching chapter 2. You only get to meet Mr. Wick once.

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  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★★½

    This movie ranks among some of the greatest kid gang movies of all time: Goonies, Sandlot, Stand By Me, etc.

    The paranormal MacGuffin is really well done, but the feel-good storyline driven by smart ass kids who know how to save the day is what’ll make me want to see this again.

    Super 8 is pretty much all I want a movie to be… Fun to watch.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★½

    Suicide Squad is 20 trailers interspersed with misplaced flashback sequences that fail to compensate for the lack of a story, vision, or theme.

    Boom! We’re doing something! Cue the Black Sabbath, AC/DC, White Stripes, Creedence, etc. song—then show everybody walking together in slow motion. Repeat. Over. And over.

    I suppose this is what you get for hiring a trailer house to edit your film (HT Tony Zhou)…

    So while Ayer pursued his original vision, Warners set about working on a…