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  • Of Gods and Men
  • Lady Macbeth
  • In the Fog
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  • Executive Decision

    ★★★

  • Transpecos

    ★★★½

  • The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

    ★★

  • Navalny

    ★★★½

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  • Executive Decision

    Executive Decision

    ★★★

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

    Executive Decision holds up really well! Part of a slew of fun 90s action thrillers with Kurt Russell (Breakdown, Tombstone, Stargate, Unlawful Entry) it's main claim to fame is how Steven Seagal's obnoxious commando team leader is killed off in the first half hour, which remains a brilliant move. Startles the hell out of the audience and the film lightens up right away with Seagal gone.

    Terrorists have captured an airliner and are flying it to Washington. Russell's analyst is…

  • Transpecos

    Transpecos

    ★★★½

    I'd seen the short film Dakota, from director Greg Kwedar, which inhabits the same storyworld and have been curious about this for some time. To the point where I finally had to order a DVD for it's lack of presence on any SVOD or TVOD platforms. Ah, distribution and windowing.

    What I got was a decent and above-average thriller that is neatly set in a tight setting with just the core characters for the most part. There are echoes of…

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    Well, this will probably be the cinema visit where I catch Covid, as a punishment for ever thinking that seeing Black Widow was a good idea.

    What a disgrace. Never mind the unclear plot, the ripoffs of everything from The Americans to The Manchurian Candidate, the utter lack of character stakes or motivation and the leaden dialogue sequences; this film's real crime is that it essentially serves as a Disney+ setup for either more Falcon & Winter Soldier or some new…

  • The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

    The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

    ★★

    My review of The Dirty Dozen series continues with the creatively named The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission. Ostensibly a sequel to the 1967 original, but really more of a remake for network television, made in 1985 for NBC. This time, twelve murderous criminals from the army stockade are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to assassinate a German General plotting to kill Hitler, who is even MORE DIABOLICAL THAN HITLER! Allied High Command determines that the war will…