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  • Close-Up
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Blow Out

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  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    ★★★

  • The Gray Man

    ★★★

  • Five Dolls for an August Moon

    ★★½

  • Children of the Corn

    ★★½

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  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    ★★★

    So the saga ends on a fairly good note, provided you’ve generally enjoyed it so far. I should have known they’d just completely throw out the connection to the last movie, as always, so no White House fight. But we do get to see some tanks, the Red Queen, more clones…I won’t spoil it all. 

    Sadly, the film feels drained of color, especially after Retribution. Of course my expectations for a dumb plot and dialogue are always vastly exceeded, but…

  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★★

    JB’s review: 8/10
    “Great action and very real. Highly recommend.”

    Admittedly, yes, it feels like this was created by an AI in a lot of ways. Things just shift from one calculated explosion to the next; a rogue spy story rode hard and put up wet in a dozen different cities introduced via drone shots. 

    But I can also tell so many people tried to add personality where the Russo brother’s direction leaves an utterly soulless void: little touches in…

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  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    The Piano Teacher, above its obscenity and violence and sexual taboos, is a bitter film. Haneke refuses to answer who has hurt whom more by the cold end credits, and to what degree they enjoyed the pain.

    For all the movie's disgust and discomfort, Berger's static photography and long takes are absolutely hypnotizing. The camera is just as impassive and restrained as Erika, which, thanks to Isabelle Huppert, is the most disturbing (and disturbed) character I've ever encountered, so desperate…

  • Dog

    Dog

    ½

    JB's review: 7/10
    "Very cute film. Beautiful German Shepherd."

    What? This is barely a dog movie. Tatum is entirely unlikable and too weak of an actor to hold a scene on his own, which he's tasked to do often. Briggs is irresponsible, unlikeable, and irritating and the dog isn't much better.

    Aside from its anti-liberal/pro-war agenda (yes), the road trip scenes are generic and boring. Dog is emotionally, narratively, visually as lazy as its title.

    But anyway, the politics... I…