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  • Under the Volcano

    ★★★½

  • The Donut King

    ★★★½

  • King Richard

    ★★★½

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★½

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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★★

    James Bond: [after Bond has just lost his 10 million in the card game] "Vodka-martini."

    Bartender: "Shaken or stirred?"

    James Bond: [agitated] "Do I look like I give a damn?"

    Synopsis: There's a scene in the movie Dr. No, the first Bond film, where Sean Connery shoots an unarmed man in cold blood. It's straight from the book and it so shocked audiences that Bond never did it on film again. That's the deal with the Fleming books versus the…

  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★★★★

    Al Roberts: That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you.

    What a fantastic little noir movie. I enjoyed every minute of this very short, but very well done low-budget movie. Tom Neal and Ann Savage are wonderful. Neal hits every note as the sad sack loser, piano playing man who fate trips up. And Savage is perfectly despicable as the venomous, blackmailing woman he unfortunately crosses paths with. 

    Director Edgar Ulmar is the predecessor…

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  • The Donut King

    The Donut King

    ★★★½

    This was not what I expected, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    Ted Ngoy is a fascinating character and his impact on the lives of so many Cambodian-American immigrants is unquestioned. Early in this documentary he seems like an unstoppable force of nature. His rags to riches to rags story sees him barely escape Cambodia with his life only to go on and help make the lives of so many of his fellow immigrants so much better. See this if you can.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    Rick Macci: “I think you just might have the next Michael Jordan.”

    Richard Williams: “No, brother, I got the next two Michael Jordans.”

    This turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. The trailer looked interesting, but I feared that the movie would turn into the worst kind of biopic. It's helped by fantastic performances from the entire cast, but special kudos to Will Smith and both Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal as the frustrated coaches.…

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★½

    “Who you gonna call?”

    Watching this reminded me of how much I disliked The Phantom Menace. I walked out angry at that movie until my wife pointed out that it wasn’t made for me. It was made for kids like my son who really liked it. TPM was his Star Wars and it wasn’t my place to take it from him with my demands for fan service. 

    Afterlife is not as good as the original movie that I adored as…

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★½

    Visually stunning, with a fantastic voice cast. I’m a sucker for a good fantasy/adventure movie and this is a very good fantasy/adventure movie. Has a few too many unnecessary Disney Princess story elements, but serious props for an all female lead cast.