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  • The Rental

    The Rental

    ★★½

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

    Not a bad directorial debut for Dave Franco, but The Rental misses some key opportunities in the final act that results with an unsatisfying wrap up to the film. The acting of the entire cast is convincing and engaging throughout the run time. The cinematography was well executed, allowing the house to obtain that ominous vibe to successfully match the tone of the script. Especially with the fog setting in and the dark tides of the ocean as effective background…

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★½

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    One of the most impactful films of the late 80's, Akira excels as a cultural necessity with monumental influence for decades to come. The film begins with a massive explosion taking inspiration from Japans own hardships with the infamous nukings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whats to follow is pure devastation as the cataclysm eradicates all Tokyo life. From the ashes rises Neo-Tokyo, a beautiful but violent world with biker gangs openly fighting on the streets, protesting and riots on every…

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  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★★

    After multiple viewings of this film I grow more impressed with it each time. The atmosphere, screenplay, and acting is phenomenal. Hugh Jackman’s performance is astounding from beginning to end. In what I believe is his best film to date, every time he enters a scene his presence is enthralling. Supporting actor Jake Gyllenhaal also knocks it out of the park as the two deliver some of the finest acting I’ve seen this decade. Additionally, the script of this film…

  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★★½

    The first time I watched this film I felt that it was underwhelming. Once it appeared on Netflix I decided to give it a second chance. The cast was simply too superb for this to be as bad as I remembered. Thankfully, I was right. Although Brad Pitt is the lead role, it doesn’t feel that way. Highly acclaimed Ben Mendelsohn once again delivers a convincing performance as the supporting actor. The late great James Gandolfini makes every minute of…