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  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★★

    Conan is not your traditional hero. He's a thief. He's kind of a psychopath. But, in his defense, his parents WERE murdered in front of him. Then he spent over a decade in slavery. Then he was forced into gladiatorial combat, at which he excelled (hey, beats slavery, at least they threw him a woman every so often). When he was finally given his freedom, he didn't even know how to react. Conan frees another man from slavery, which is…

  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★★

    It's a story as old as time...or at least pulp adventure novels: a team of explorers ventures into the exotic jungles of Africa searching for a legendary treasure and encounter various obstacles and dangerous situations along the way. In fact, it's "King Solomon's Mines". The people in both stories are after the exact same treasure. But Michael Crichton jazzes the story up by setting it in modern times (well, 1995) and having the people seeking the diamond mines because of…

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  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★★½

    Some actors have sexual chemistry. You put them together onscreen and they just generate sparks. They heat up the screen until it starts to sweat. You can just feel a carnal charge radiating off the screen (I'm thinking of Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in "Double Indemnity" or William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in "Body Heat" or Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in "Romancing the Stone" and, frankly, it's hard to think of a couple that generated heat that didn't…

  • Darktown Strutters

    Darktown Strutters

    The Strutters are a black female motorcycle gang that seems to cruise around defeating any racist sexists that try to rape/harass them. We first see them beating up a group of Marines. Then they take down a group of cops that make the "Police Academy"/Keystone Cops guys look as competent as Pacino's team in "Heat".

    Soon the leader of the Strutters learns that her mother has gone missing and begins investigating her disappearance, which may or may not involve the…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    There's a tendency of this site to immediately overrate new movies. And I get it. Seeing a film in the theater has a bewitching effect. When you're used to seeing movies on your TV or, God forbid, your tablet, the charge of seeing something projected as large as possible in a big, dark room alone makes a movie a little better. If that movie's even remotely great, then all the better. Letterboxd isn't the only social media site to stoke…

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 2016, Film #3

    The set-up is simple: a man knocks on the door of a family still grieving the loss of their son in a war. The man introduces himself as the friend of their late son and says that their son's last wish was that he come and tell them how much their son loved them, and that his last thoughts were of them. The family, comforted by these words and happy to find some kind of connection…