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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★

    What is The Departed really about? That’s the one question with which I left my most recent revisit. 

    Like so many of his films, the pacing and energy, combined with it’s the expert filmmaking (and especially editing in this case) have the ability to mask any imperfections or absences. And The Departed is a blast! 

    It’s full of great characters, played by great actors moving through a perhaps slightly messy but well structured story at break neck speed.  There’s just…

  • Stowaway

    Stowaway

    ★★★½

    This film certainly overdelivers for its premise. That premise, a stowaway on a 2-year long mission to Mars, ultimately has far less to do with the movie than the life and death stakes that result from some damaged equipment but so be it.

    I’ll admit, I found myself wondering if I should shut this movie off and finish it another night, until the final act revealed itself. It's a very well constructed and tense 20-30 minutes and despite this film…

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  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Michael B. Jordon is on the fast track to superstardom. I remember his great work in season 1 of The Wire and then of course Fruitvale Station before Creed and Black Panther set him on his current trajectory.

    So now he needs his own franchise right? Tom Clancy's Without Remorse is structured to be just that. He's an elite soldier with an axe to grind. We've probably got more of these to come.

    Unless no one watches them. Without Remorse…

  • Calm with Horses

    Calm with Horses

    ★★★

    This feels like a small part of what was trying to be a bigger story.  

    The story is familiar, a man struggling between the life he’s caught up in and the life with his ex-girl and their child, made worse by his haunted violent past.

    That past specifically and the life he’s caught up in more generally never seemed to reveal quite enough to make this movie whole. While not vague, it’s not detailed and we’re left with caricatures and cliches.

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