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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    Miller's Crossing is a solid movie in just about any regard. The Coen brothers master an interesting tone. I really enjoy the dark sense of humor that this movie has at times. I actually laughed a few times, but I was still able to take the movie seriously. Albert Finney's viciously over the top shootout scene should feel out of place in a film like this, but the Coens are able to pull the reigns in and make the whole…

  • Rocky V

    Rocky V

    ★★★

    Rocky V is the only entry in the franchise that I never got around to seeing, mostly because I don't know if I've ever heard anything good about it. I honestly don't have a problem with this movie at all. Its far from insultingly bad and I may even like it a bit more than Rocky IV.

    Rocky V brings back John G. Avildsen, the director of the first movie after Sylvester Stallone directed 2, 3 and 4. I'd assume…

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  • Another 48 Hrs.

    Another 48 Hrs.

    ★★½

    Another 48 Hrs. reunites Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte with director Walter Hill for a sequel to the original movie from 1982. During the 8 year gap between movies several buddy cop franchises that were influenced by 48 Hrs. emerged. This sequel mostly just retreads the first movie and tries to re-create several moments from the first.

    Eddie Murphy's career skyrocketed after 48 Hrs. and now he's definitely the star of the show. Although, like many sequels at the time…

  • Jacob's Ladder

    Jacob's Ladder

    ★★★

    Psychological dramas are usually not exactly my cup of tea. Jacob's Ladder is a good example of one that has surely been a heavy influence on some films that have come out after. Its just that I find films like this only really impress me in fragments, or I'm just not smart enough to watch them.

    Adrian Lyne's direction definitely makes some interesting choices. I appreciated that the cinematography felt a lot like a 70s movie since that's where the…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★

    The Rise of Skywalker worked for me after one viewing, but its seems very likely that it will not work for everybody. There is a lot to unpack in this movie. I go to Star Wars movies for the big moments and this film definitely delivered them. I didn't necessary find it to be stuffed with nostalgia like The Force Awakens, but there is fan service aplenty, and that's cool with me.

    The story is definitely a bit all over…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    Avengers: Endgame is exactly what a MCU fan wants to see. It’s dripping with fan service and huge moments. I never knew what surprise was coming around the corner.

    I would say that the film has plot that is a bit more difficult than Infinity War was, but with a shortened (but still very large) cast they were able to build on the characters a bit more. In a lot of ways it’s a post-apocalyptic movie, and the aftershocks of…