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  • Assault on Precinct 13

    ★★★★

  • The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

    ★★★★

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

  • Stagecoach

    ★★★★½

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  • Scream

    Scream

    "I liked Scream. I had a lovely time watching it. I was also not anywhere near as enamored with the film as I have been the previous sequels, most notably Scream 2 and Scream 4. This fifth installment has a lot of terrific moments. It also has its fair share of underwhelming ones. While Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett certainly do Craven’s legacy proud with their confident and blood-smothered continuation of the story, they also don’t take it anyplace I found surprising. It didn’t slay me, and considering we’re talking about Ghostface here, that turn of events can’t help but be at least somewhat disappointing."

    moviefreak.com/scream-2022-movie-review/

  • See for Me

    See for Me

    ★★★½

    "Director Randall Okita handles the mechanics of this narrative with confident skill. The early bits with Sophie exploring the home for the first time allow the viewer to get familiar with the environment, so later on it’s easy to keep track of who is where at any given time. Cinematographers Jordan Oram and Jackson Parrell do an excellent job of showcasing these interior spaces. Especially impressive are the cellphone-camera POV sequences, a first-person perspective that seats me firmly upon Kelly’s gaming chair as she attempts to get a feel for what’s happening and how best to navigate Sophie to safety."

    moviefreak.com/see-for-me-2021-movie-review/

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  • The 355

    The 355

    "Can’t say any of that makes me think it’s worth rushing out to a theater to see The 355. Especially right now. This is a title that screams, “Watch me at home!” I don’t foresee this birthing a new series no matter how much the climax sets up future adventures for the women. But it’s not a total waste of time, and if you’ve got laundry to do or have a game of pinochle to play, having this one on in the background as ambient noise will likely do quite nicely."

    moviefreak.com/355-2022-movie-review/

  • The Tender Bar

    The Tender Bar

    "The Tender Bar is nice. There’s nothing provocative about it. Even the bits that fell flat didn’t do so in a way that were so egregious I could get angry about them. I just wish that Clooney and Monahan had brought more to the production than just a general easygoing vibe that refuses to challenge and goes out of its way to not offend. Nice is fine and all, but in this case, I’m not sure nice is good enough to warrant a recommendation."

    moviefreak.com/tender-bar-2021-movie-review/

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  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton

    ★★★★

    "The genius of the film, a labor of love for all involved and a passion project for Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s wife Tomica Woods-Wright for over a decade, is that I don’t have to relate, I just have to understand. Gray, along with screenwriters Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), plop the viewer into the center of things, ask us to listen to what it is these masterful musicians and lyricists are saying, to stop focusing…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    "But the main reason the film works as well as it does is that Edwards and his crew treat the material like they’re making a hard-hitting WWII epic in the vein of Battleground or Attack, only also one mixed with the likes of The Dirty Dozen, The Big Red One and Where Eagles Dare, a healthy dose of Platoon and The Thin Red Line thrown in for good measure. This is a gritty film, one where the stakes for these…