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  • Speed Racer

    ★★★★

  • Jack Reacher

    ★★★★

  • Blood Diamond

    ★★

  • Moulin Rouge!

    ★★★★★

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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★

    One of the most formally dazzling blockbusters ever created. The Wachowskis commit to a bold style that largely eschews hard cuts in favor of eerily smooth transitions and perspective shifts within continuous shots, and the slick action replicates the dynamic movement of cartoons and video games instead of comparable action movies. The world looks as though Robert Rodriguez adapted a picture book by William Joyce.

    It’s all in service of a pretty lukewarm story, though. It’s the Wachowskis’ fourth consecutive…

  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher

    ★★★★

    I did not expect this to be a near-perfect union of 90s-slow-burn-crime-drama Tom Cruise and 2010s suicidal-stunt-action-man Tom Cruise. It feels like he traveled back in time to produce something that got greenlit right after The Firm with a Mission Impossible Fallout level of bodily commitment to the remarkable action sequences that punctuate long stretches of moody detective work. Christopher McQuarrie makes it look as dynamic and clean as possible, ensuring that the fistfights, shootouts, and car chases are clearly framed and…

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t think Sal is a racist, you should probably rewatch this movie. His climactic use of racial slurs can’t be chalked up to a lapse of judgement. He repeatedly clarifies that he only tolerates black people because they haven’t done anything bad to him, and because they provide his livelihood. His respect for the black community is entirely conditional and transaction-based — as soon as his “terms” of respect (essentially not having any major negative encounters with any…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    Despite a great cast and an intriguing premise, The New Mutants is a lifeless gallery of clichés from both the superhero and horror genres. Combine It and X-Men, then strip that combination of anything remotely worthwhile, and you get this movie. The paper-thin characters don’t even have interesting powers, save for Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik, who has a strange combination of several abilities that make absolutely no sense together. And there’s basically no story to speak of. Nothing happens for 90 minutes and…