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  • Son of the White Mare
  • Cat People
  • Bye Bye Birdie
  • Red Cliff

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  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    ★★★★½

  • Double Dragon

    ★★★★

  • Don Verdean

    ★★★★½

  • Jupiter Ascending

    ★★½

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  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

    Who Killed Captain Alex?

    Adding a "VJ" to act as narrator AND hype-man AND live script supervisor is ingenious. It could be the greatest innovation to film language in the 21st century. In Marxist film theory, capitalist cinema seeks to obscure its own means of production through sleek editing and special effects. Who Killed Captain Alex, on the other hand, will NEVER let you forget that its subjects are play-acting and that there is a deeply enthusiastic man behind the camera. This is a more populist, class-conscious work of cinema than any American indie film.

    "ALL UGANDANS KNOW KUNG FU!!"

  • Double Dragon

    Double Dragon

    I often resent critics and the audiences of the nineties. Any movie too weird for viewer expectations was immediately given the ungenerous, flattening title of "bad movie." Some of these movies have been lucky enough to undergo cult worship and critical reappraisal in the subsequent 25 years, such as Last Action Hero or Tank Girl. However, so many more have remained in the dustbin of history as endless punching bags for the Bad Movie Industrial Complex. The Youtube comments for…

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  • Earwig and the Witch

    Earwig and the Witch

    ★★★

    From its inception, Earwig and the Witch was destined to be a punching bag. Not only is it Studio Ghibli's first CG feature, but it's directed by anime's favorite failson: Goro Miyazaki. It can be fun (in a cruel, schadenfreude-laced way) to read Hayao Miyazaki's terse, backhanded comments about his son's career. The negative press that swirled around the internet even after the first screengrabs were shared seemed to damn this film to be a perpetual laughing stock. However, I…

  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

    Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

    ★★★★

    I'll start by laying my cards on the table: I do not care for Demon Slayer. I wouldn't blame anyone for loving the show's slick action and impressive visual design, but I spent much of 2019 aggravated that the unfaltering love the world had for Demon Slayer crowded out all of its criticisms- and it could easily be criticized: The shounen tropes were rote. The comic relief was frequently obnoxious. The battle system was frustratingly ill-defined. ufotable's visual effects and…