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  • Money Train

    Money Train

    ★★★½

    Possibly the textbook definition of a “low-key banger”; a character first buddy action movie that feels like it somehow escaped the ‘70s and ended up in the ‘90s. Woody and Wesley are always fun to hang out with (especially while they’re drinking pitchers of cheap beer in an NYC dive bar) and Robert Blake is just on another planet as the psycho megalomaniac in charge of the titular cash bullet. Plus, the set pieces are plentiful and rather thrillingly choreographed…

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    ★★★½

    Occupies an even more specific exploitive space than the original, sitting somewhere between a neo Blaxploitation film (coming from the dude who just remade SHAFT) and an early episode of MIAMI VICE*. Only, since it’s ‘03, our Crockett and Tubbs are a former cop who got in too deep with his last assignment (Brian now being a living street racing legend is sort of awesome) and a fellow speed freak whom he busted back in the day (note: Tyrese just…

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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…