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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★★

    When the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacked Flight 305 he told a flight attendant “It's not because I have a grudge against your airlines, it's just because I have a grudge.” The philosophy extends to Ben Foster and Chris Pine's characters of Tanner and Toby respectively. Two men at the end of their rope, with their only hope for their futures is to rob various banks as they open early in the morning. Just like an Old West tale, Ranger Marcus…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s magnum opus There Will Be Blood may be one of the most cynical and accurate portrayals of the American Dream that’s come out in the 21st century. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the oilman Daniel Plainview, he begins a feud for power over the sleepy town of Little Boston, California with pastor Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) and the battle of that dream is down to the philosophical battle of which has a greater hold over the American people, the…

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★★½

    I’m wondering if someone needs to go check up on Guy Ritchie. Walking out of the theater after seeing his new film Wrath of Man almost seems like the normally happy go-lucky co-worker suddenly coming to work dressed in black watching a snail crawl across a razor blade. Normally, with a Guy Ritchie crime film my mind immediately goes towards Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, or Snatch, or even his 2020 film The Gentleman. There’s a certain expectation that accompanies…

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★★

    Taylor Sheridan has been a force in Hollywood after penning the scripts for Sicario, Hell or High Water, and Wind River. The latter of those he also directed. With Those Who Wish Me Dead, Sheridan takes another round in the driver’s seat directing and adapting the book of the same name by Michael Koryta. 

    The film stars Angelina Jolie as Hannah Faber, a firefighter in Montana who is sent to a fire tower after failing a psych evaluation that followed…

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★½

    The echoes of automatic rounds, the distinct clink of shell casings hitting the ground, the screams of civilians, bullets ricocheting off the metal of police cars; many have attempted to imitate Michael Mann’s Heat, but most have forgotten the most important aspect: texture. It’s not the body count, it’s not the non-diegetic score, or the snappy one-liners, none of those elements are what most people discuss about Mann’s Heist classic, it’s the gut-punch realism of the shoot-out. Where minutes feel…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    “Doodle Let Me Go" came through the speakers as the closing credits began to scroll and go by as quickly as film came. This jarring moment of seeing the final image of the film juxtaposed with an upbeat sea shanty put a cap on one of the most emotionally provocative films I have seen the entire year, and yet I don't think I understood even half of it.

    The film stars former teenage heart throb Robert Pattinson and under-appreciated actor…