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  • A Most Wanted Man

    ★★★½

  • Year of the Dragon

    ½

  • Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman

    ★★★½

  • Argylle

    ★★

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  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man

    ★★★½

    John Le Carré's novels feature world weary spies involved in back stabbing soul crushing tedious work and the films made from these works usually carry over this ennui quite well. The best are still THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and the great British television mini-series of his TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY with Alec Guinness.

    This film is not in their league, but we do get the great Philip Seymour Hoffman in the rumpled suit, unwashed hair, sipping…

  • Year of the Dragon

    Year of the Dragon

    ½

    This is what you call a "Wince Watcher".
    Your face will flick on and off with muscle tension.
    A movie full of awful editing, continuity clumsiness, racism, misogyny, and an example of cocaine and alcohol fueled 80s writing and directing. What a piece of trash. Rourke is a pathetic racist hateful cop who rapes women, (who lovingly succumb), bullies, cheats on his wife, and is clearly more of a sociopath than the Chinese gangster he is chasing after. However, Oliver (sniff sniff) Ston(ed) and Cimino clearly enjoy him and wash him clean at the conclusion.

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  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    ★★★★

    Another in the series of a Joe Dante speciality: the "back lot" suburbs of movie America that must battle the strange invaders of dark humored menace. Faintly recall this being advertised as a kids' film, it is and it isn't. This is a dark cartoon of corporate America and the military industrial complex controlling all we do in work, home, leisure, entertainment, and our ignoring of this fact. Grand fun to watch even if the message seeps in afterwards.

  • The Concorde... Airport '79

    The Concorde... Airport '79

    So wonderfully bad. Awful guest stars on supersonic concorde flight that is targeted for destruction by evil arms dealer Robert Wagner; missiles fly at the plane, renegade French phantom jets, and then cargo door sabotage that creates decompression. The constant effect of the plane turning and rolling and just being upside down as Martha Raye does comedic mugging and Jimmie Walker plays his saxophone while smoking pot are hilarious. However, the sexist comments made by George "Hey, Honey, that's why…