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  • Touch of Evil
  • Blade Runner
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Psycho

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  • Black Widow

    ★★★½

  • Free Guy

    ★★★★

  • Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

    ★★★

  • Copshop

    ★★★

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    One of the more story-driven Marvel efforts, with plenty of focus on character as well, as we see the origin of how Black Widow came to be, and the dark forces that drove her to such depths.  The acting is stellar — with Scarlett Johansson doing great work as always, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz providing detailed depictions of superhero parents fallen from grace, and Florence Pugh absolutely stealing the show as Black Widow’s sister — her emotional range is…

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★★

    This was a film I consciously avoided seeing for the longest time because the trailer just made it seem so cheesy and commercialized.  When I finally got around to it, I couldn’t believe how surprised I was.  The plot is like a mash-up of The Truman Show, Ready Player One, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Ryan Reynolds is perfectly cast as a background character in the world’s most popular video game who becomes aware of what’s going on…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Second time around, I still had a blast, the opening 45 minutes to an hour are pure dynamite for the senses.  It’s hard not to be in awe of Spielberg’s craftsmanship, especially during that first race scene.  It’s so phenomenally filmed and edited, it makes you wonder what our future will hold in the entertainment department. 
            It was fun re-watching, knowing what was coming, because it freed up the viewer to find the Easter Eggs we’d…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Epic spectacle on the grandest scale imaginable.  Effortlessly interweaves from location to location, and from hero to hero, slowing down a bit here and there with overlong expositional scenes, but filled with eye-popping art direction (there were 15 art directors who worked on this film) and staggering special effects.  
           This was the most effective of the three Avengers movies at incorporating humor into the narrative, never seeming superfluous, but more naturally occurring in the moment due…