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  • In the Cut

    ★★★½

  • Cry Macho

    ★★★

  • Nenette and Boni

    ★★★★

  • Prom Night

    ★★½

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  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

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

    I think liberty is just your excuse to do whatever you want. Whether that’s to eat a beach full of dicks or killing folk.

    Peacemaker might be my least favorite Squad member, but his ideology is undoubtedly the thematic anchor for The Suicide Squad. The bookend to the Bloodsport line quoted above comes later when a character pleads with John Cena's Peacemaker, asking why he needs to kill them to achieve his goal. Peacemaker's self-deluded answer - "Because I'm thorough"…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

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

    I remember a time when your name meant something to people, Robin. But now. . .you have no value.

    Imagine you're a truffle pig. You sniff out fungi all day, working hard for your beloved master. Your whole life is dedicated to doing your job, but in return you are able to gorge yourself, getting fat off the spoils.

    Then, one day, out of the blue, you get stuffed in a sack, manhandled by two desperate druggies until you're internally…

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  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★½

    What is "disarticulation" exactly?

    Being frightened by an attraction, finding attraction in being frightened. A teacher of English and linguistics, Meg Ryan's Frannie Avery (never more drably made-up, never more stunningly watchable) finds herself entangled by the latter manifestation of semiotic "play." As she says at one point, she's "scared of what she wants," drawn to Mark Ruffalo's Detective Malloy because he can do things to her body she never thought possible, but who may also do things to her…

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★

    I don't know how to cure "old."

    Three times before Cry Macho audiences have thought Clint Eastwood was saying goodbye to the silver screen. Nearly thirty years ago, Unforgiven was his funeral dirge for the Western, then came Gran Torino (which we all knew was going to be his last starring role), and only two years ago he seemed to bow out once again with The Mule. With Cry Macho the ninety-one year old has once again called our (Coogan's)…

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★★

    As much as the third Indiana Jones film is about obsessive tendencies (concisely indicated by the hard cut between young and old Indy, both fighting for the Cross of Coronado), it is also about transference of knowledge. That is to say, where the Nazis burn books, Henry Jones shares them with his son. Indy is a testament to the teachings of his father, following in his academic footsteps and displaying a number of the same personality traits; he's been shaped…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    A personal aside before the review: The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City continues its run as the most impressive theater in the area by providing a free, early screening of Fury Road, entirely making my week!

    (EDIT 08/14/2020 - After reading accounts from KC Alamo employees - some of whom worked there during the time of this Fury Road screening - in The Pitch, I feel awful about promoting and supporting this particular location for so long now knowing that…