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  • Leprechaun: Origins

    ½

  • Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood

  • Leprechaun in the Hood

  • Invasion U.S.A.

    ★★★

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  • Leprechaun: Origins

    Leprechaun: Origins

    ½

    Friends, I now regret giving the Hood movies such low scores. They’re both minor masterpieces compared to this drudgery. 

    The visuals are frequently incomprehensible. The gore isn’t inventive or outrageous, merely anatomical. And the title is a lie. 

    There’s no origin story here. There aren’t even any leprechauns here. Just an albino troll creature that looks kind of like a hairless monkey, and a knockoff Hostel plotline. 

    American college students travel abroad, act superior to the locals, and end up…

  • Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood

    Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood

    With Back 2 tha Hood, the Leprechaun series has officially entered the 2000’s. Meaning, among other things, that it often feels more like a bad action movie than a bad horror movie. But the one thing it never feels like is a proper Leprechaun movie. 

    Gone are the goofball horror comedy stylings that the series had made its stock-in-trade. No more dirty limericks. No more sense of mischief. No more magical tricks preying on human weakness. Now the wee killer…

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    I don’t know, people. I like to think I have a pretty well developed sense of how to appreciate the cheesiest of 80’s cheese, but this much-beloved chapter in the decade’s cinematic canon still doesn’t do a damn thing for me. It’s not good. It’s not so bad it’s good. (That’s not a real thing, anyway.) It’s not even amusingly bad. It’s just boring. 

    There’s no drama or conflict. Just a bunch of tools competing for bragging rights in an…

  • Invasion U.S.A.

    Invasion U.S.A.

    ★★★

    Look somewhere between the xenophobic Cold War paranoia of Red Dawn and the delirious display of firepower in Death Wish 3 and you’ll find Invasion USA. A film that simultaneously represents The Cannon Group and star Chuck Norris at their most shamelessly jingoistic and shrewdly diplomatic. 

    Favoring spectacle over coherence, director Joseph Zito delivers a series of explosive action set pieces that track an impossibly well-funded multinational army of multi-ethnic terrorists as they launch attacks on US soil. Dogging them…