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TUFF TURF
"Slight Better Than Its Lame Title"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "One of those New World Pictures of the '80s that's alluring in a strange kind of way." (more)
ALONE (2020)
"Driven To Fears"
4 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "It was the great Jean-Luc Godard who once famously “In order to criticize a movie, you have to make another movie.” Even though it is based on a 2011 Swedish film and had to have been in production at least several months ago, it is extremely tempting to look upon “Alone” as a film made as a response to and a critique of the recent Russell Crowe road rage nonsense “Unhinged.” Both films have somewhat similar initial concepts and share such stylistic conceits as an extremely limited cast of characters. However, in practical every imaginable area, it beats its predecessor with a lean and effective thriller that takes a familiar premise and breathes new life and no small amount of genuine dread into it." (more)
ANTEBELLUM
"Zip-A-Dee-Dubious"
1 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With the massive critical and commercial success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (2017) and “US” (2019), it should probably not come as a surprise to lean that other filmmakers would also attempt to start a conversation and make a killing at the box office (not necessarily in that order) their own films in which they utilized a horror movie framework as a way of examining America’s undeniable racist past and how those sins of the past have continued to seep into and even flourish today. However, if Peele had any idea a few years ago that his efforts would serve as the presumable inspiration for a garbage fire of a film like “Antebellum,” he might have seriously considered erasing them permanently from his hard drive and begun work on something set in the extended “Keanu” Cinematic Universe. This is a dumb, cruel, repellent and idiotic work that is all the worse because of the inescapable and delusional sense that the writer-director duo of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz think that they are offering up something profound. If you are currently thinking that “The Hunt” is the stupidest movie to emerge this year to attempt to combine social issues and genre tropes, here is a film that would like you to hold its mint julep for 105 minutes." (more)
RUNNING ON EMPTY
"An Execrable Liberal Picture Even if You're a Liberal"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "A Martin Ritt, of "Conrack" and "Norma Rae," could've have probably given it more girth and dimension." (more)
GOODFELLAS
"Still among the best of the best."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "There is no dust on 'GoodFellas.'" (more)
DEVIL ALL THE TIME, THE
"A Good Man is Hard To Find"
2 stars
Peter Sobczynski says... "With its sprawling narrative that covers two states, two generations and multiple storylines suffused with sex, violence, murder, suicide, the sins of the past and present and a wide array of seemingly disparate characters who all wind up tying together in some way or another, “The Devil All the Time,” Antonio Campos’s adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollack novel resembles nothing so much as a low-rent and increasingly ludicrous southern-fried take on Fifties-era soap operas like “Peyton Place,” though it is unimaginable that it could have gotten away with even a fraction of the lurid miseries that it unleashes on viewers over the course of its extended and ultimately punishing 138-minute running time." (more)
WITNESS
"A Weak 'Witness'"
2 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "How it won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is beyond me." (more)
STRIKING DISTANCE
"Slightly Neglected Action Fare"
3 stars
Jack Sommersby says... "Was pretty much a box-office dud back in its day, but I think a retrospect will give it the respect it kinda deserves." (more)
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
"They're baaaack."
4 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "Before watching 'Bill & Ted Face the Music,' I was assured I didn’t have to rewatch 'Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure' (1989) and 'Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey' (1991) — it’s true, you don’t — which was good, because I didn’t especially feel like rewatching them. (I last saw them both in ’91.) Having now seen the third installment, I do feel like going back and revisiting the younger Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves)." (more)
I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
"Kaufman does it again."
5 stars
Rob Gonsalves says... "One question we’re left with by Charlie Kaufman’s "I’m Thinking of Ending Things": did Kaufman mean to cast two actors with almost the same first name except the I, or was that just a freakishly apropos accident?" (more)

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