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  • Madhouse Mecca

    Madhouse Mecca

    ½

    A film with a plot that revolves around a stripper corrupting a hot housewife into smoking crack and having threesomes, which unbelievably contains nary an exposed breast, crack, or any other bits that could be considered naughty. Remarkable, and a total waste of time.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★½

    The best Captain Marvel movie of the year, for whatever that’s worth.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

    "Let the past die."

    Sage advice in the form of a line said by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), which constitutes just about the only worthwhile dialogue in this ill-conceived, sloppy mish-mash of Original Trilogy callbacks, inexplicable character choices, redundant action sequences, silly technology, narrative amnesia, tedious exposition, treacly nonsense, and just plain old bad acting.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★

    An ideal action film for today's ADHD, instant gratification culture, "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" satisfies the bare minimum plot & character necessities that its target audience requires--namely, that any scenes/actions/dialogue that follow each other sequentially, no matter how incongruous, tone-deaf, or plain silly, constitutes an acceptable narrative.

    The problem with a film (such as this one) that is, in essence, an action sequence bukkake, is that no matter how elaborate or well-executed those sequences are, there are so many of them,…