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  • Hostage

    Hostage

    ★★★★

    a/k/a SAVAGE ATTRACTION, a/k/a THE CHRISTINE MARESCH STORY

    Truly unpleasant Ozploitation International Lifetime melodrama about a teen runaway (whose brutal beatings at the hands of her father literally break up the credits) joining the local carnival, only to marry/be abducted by a hunky neo Nazi, who forces her into his gang of small time, bank robbing thugs. Abortion, domestic abuse, and rape spiral quickly into full blown fascism, terrorism, and murder, including a beachfront climax that’s truly harrowing. The grim…

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★½

    “Been a long time comin' here to meet you. A long time, on a crooked road.”

    Possibly the most hopeful movie ever made.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    So, this is a "good news/bad news" scenario of the highest order (or Final Order, if we're speaking in the parlance of this picture). The good news is really only for folks who strongly disliked THE LAST JEDI. J.J. Abrams' return to the STAR WARS universe practically reduces that rather superlative instance of an auteur navigating the studio factory system and somehow still managing to make the movie he wanted to make nothing more than narrative sinew between two "traditional"…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★½

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

    While Marvel is no doubt viewing CAPTAIN MARVEL as a stride forward in the representation department - this movie is scientifically designed to appeal to those particular values - it's a massive step backward in terms of formal technique and fooling folks that these MCU pictures are anything more than feature length installments in a television series that will only end once humans have scorched the earth and there is no signal on which to transmit these products of the…