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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★

    An action film that is content with settling instead of going for the bullseye. Never any insight into what the villains (bland as they are) are chasing after; something to do with information that is valuable to insidious forces in government but good luck finding any scene that exposes the red herring that rings into a steady stream of characters. Jolie’s character arc does a solid job of exploring the effects of PTSD and regret but lacks compelling grit. A…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★

    Amy Adams being underutilized by a Netflix film is not a new story; check out Hillbilly Elegy if you want to see a worse example. This film is not a bad film by any means and carries a lot of good qualities that make up for the lack of a Big Bang moment that usually accompanies a mystery story and the inconsequential row of characters that come and go like people in a shopping mall. The cinematography acts as a peak…

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  • Rush

    Rush

    ★★★★

    Two Formula One drivers that are different in personality and lifestyle share one thing in common: The obsession to be the best. Sport rivalries can be dramatic theater showing individuals rise up to their best form to best others and satisfy the uncontrollable competitive thirst. Second place is just the first loser and using the talent of enemies as a continuous motivator can be thrilling to watch but also leaves the potential for one person to destroy themselves. In a…

  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★★

    The attitude and style of a 1950s noir thriller with the added bonus of strong female characters who use their often marginalized place in society to their advantage in turning the tables on the powerful criminal outfit knows as the Mob. The use of the camera makes great use of the few locations that are seen and carried plenty of obsession with aerial shots that acts as a eye in the sky into a apartment building with thin walls. Stakes…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

    Engaging in commentary on police brutality and the fear that African Americans have to live with every day under the blanket of white supremacy by using a Groundhog Day narrative not only shows how out of touch this Oscar nominee is but it also disrespectful to the lives that have been lost over these circumstances. The end credits show a constant stream of African American victims of police brutality trying to promote itself as a memorial to those names; in actuality,…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Joker is a shake up to the comic book genre that will reverberate and makes its impact felt for the foreseeable future. Holds up a grim and disturbing microscope to the current divided state of unrest that is infecting our present day. Todd Phillps is not asking you to be sympathetic for the Clown Prince of Crime; he shows us the ramifications of a broken society on the invisible and less fortunate who need than just medications to feel something…