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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    From the Ford and Wayne days, to the Leone and Eastwood era, westerns have been invented and reinvented over the years. In the John Ford era, the western was polished and clean, with gunslingers having pressed clothes and being clean shaven. Even in films that question the lifestyle, such as the classic film Shane, the life is colorful and exciting. However, Eastwood’s opus Unforgiven deconstructs the genre and myth of the western in a way that few, if any, have…

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★★

    The first Sicario film was an edge of your seat action thriller, where the audience experiences the unknown of both its heroes and villains through the eyes of Emily Blunt's character, Kate Macer. Because of this, her co-stars, played by Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Torro, are all the more mysterious because we don't know or understand them. 

    Here in the sequel, Blunt is gone, which means the movie follows the co-stars instead. And, while they are the best thing…

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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★½

    Ben Wheatley's movie Free Fire was marketed as a cross between Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, big on fun, twists, and contained suspense with a cast of crazy characters. The problem is it really doesn't deliver on any - the tone is much more self serious without the suspense of a Tarantino thriller, while the script lazily believes that profanities equals wit, violence equals suspense, and great premises equal great movies. Even the performances are a little boring, minus Armie Hammer's fleshed out performance as Ord. While the originality and risks the film takes are worthy of praise, a misfire is still a misfire.

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★★

    As difficult as it is to watch, J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls not only walks you through possibly the most traumatic experience someone can face, but it does so while offering insight and encouragement without oversimplifying the difficulty and complexity that these emotions brings. 

    You can talk about the beauty of the story, the striking visual effects, the emotionally moving score, and of course, the performances by the incredible cast, from Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, and especially the young Lewis…