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  • Righteous Kill

    Righteous Kill

    ★★

    After The Godfather part II in 1974, it was a long wait to see Robert DeNiro & Al Pacino in another film together. With Heat in 1995 that wait was over. And worth it. Such a shame that they tarnished their good work with this stinker. Bob and Al really should’ve passed on this predictable pieces of nonsense. A real waste of a great opportunity to create something special. Ultimately, it’s just a by-the-numbers turkey with nothing “righteous” about it.

  • The Score

    The Score

    ★★★

    A slow burn caper film that I remember being very disappointed in when it was first released. With a little distance and lesser expectations, it actually plays out much better when you’re prepared for its deliberate pace. Naturally, it’s great see DeNiro and Brando share the screen but it’s Edward Norton who comes out best in a terrific performance where he’s able to express his range.

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  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★★★

    With Mel Gibson winning a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar for Braveheart in 1995, any film that followed and further explored the history of Scotland’s plight for independence against the tyranny of England would inevitably find itself compared to that Hollywood epic. Even though David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King arrives over 20 years later, that comparison still weighs heavy. That said, Mackenzie is more interested in historical accuracy and plays his film with a different and quieter tone. That’s not…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★½

    There’s a deliberate pace to Hell or High Water, so those expecting tension filled bank robberies and high speed chases will have to be patient. These moments are provided but they come at the cost of investing your time in the characters. And it’s an investment that pays off. It also helps that it’s beautifully shot by Giles Nuttgens and David Mackenzie makes good use of the photography while employing his meditative approach and showing an assured confidence in his…