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  • The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

    ★★★★

    “Now, Jane, what can you tell us about the man you saw last night?”

    “He's Caucasian.”

    “Caucasian?”

    “Yeah, you know, a white guy. A moustache. About six-foot-three.”

    “Awfully big moustache.”

  • High Plains Drifter

    High Plains Drifter

    ★★★★

    The residents of Lago describe themselves as “God-fearing people.”

    They should have been worried about someone else. They just made a deal with him.

  • The Box

    The Box

    ★★★★

    The hardest button to button
    The hardest button to button
    The hardest button to button
    The hardest button to button, uh oh

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★

    “So Jim, I hear you’ve got a bold idea for us.”
    “That’s right, Scotty. I think it’s going to blow your socks off!”
    “Okay Jimbo, let’s hear it.”
    “All right Scotty here goes ... what if Ant-Man, but also Wasp?”
    “...”
    “Scotty?”
    “Goddamn it Jimbo, that’s incredible.”
    “Right?”
    “How much money do you need?”
    “$80 million?”
    “Here’s $270 million. Now go make What If Ant-Man, But Also Wasp!”
    “Okay! ...Should we work on the title?”
    “Nah.”

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★

    I can’t wait for Endgame to come out so I can stop watching this movie.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

    Okay let me get this straight: There is a secret connection and significance to everything in the world? That’s silly. Borderline masturbatory! Not everything in this world has a hidden meaning

    The hidden ideas surrounding movies or videos in each iteration supported factually as scientific conspiracy is not a thing I necessarily gather.

    I wrote a lot more about it (with zero hidden codes) at ScreenCrush.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★

    Just a snappy little movie with a variety of well-balanced elements.

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★★

    They had a helluva hard time rebooting this. Harbour’s a pretty solid Hellboy, and Del Toro could have done some interesting stuff with him. Neil Marshall, for the most part, does not. The old black magic from the earlier movies (particularly the incredible Hellboy II) is nowhere in evidence here.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

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

    Didn’t get much more out of this on a second viewing. I did enjoy that Fleck and Boden cut directly from Ben Mendelsohn walking into the Blockbuster to Clark Gregg snooping around, which seems like an innocuous jump cut on first viewing. On second viewing, you realize it’s not a jump cut — that Mendelsohn is a Skrull who’s turned into Gregg — and Boden and Fleck did it right in front of you without you realizing. That’s a deft little piece of sleight of hand.

    Otherwise? It’s fine!

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    ★★★★½

    Now this is more like it.

    The Golden Army improves on the first Hellboy in basically every way. The boring characters from the first movie have all been jettisoned (they even joke about the fact that Hellboy got the milquetoast perspective character transferred to Antarctica) and the villains are vastly more interesting this time around. (Also, given that their main motivation is “Humanity sucks,” they’re basically the tragic heroes.) The effects are sharper, the creature design is way more del…

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★★½

    Surely on my personal Mount Rushmore of movies that I feel like I should love and just ... don’t. It’s got Ron Perlman and that incredible makeup as a very likable Hellboy, terrific Guillermo del Toro direction, and imaginative production design. So what’s the problem?

    There’s a few. After Hellboy and his beloved Liz (Selma Blair), the most important character is John Myers (Rupert Evans), the newest member of the BPRD. He's supposed to be the audience surrogate that we…

  • Triple Frontier

    Triple Frontier

    ★★★★

    “Greed, for lack of a better word, is bad.”

    A totally satisfying nuts-and-bolts thriller that belongs on a continuum with Phil Karlson and Don Siegel B-flicks. Now Netflix is making these things, with huge movie stars and massive piles of money. Hard to complain about that. (Also, this is the best Affleck has been in anything in... many years?)