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Chicago
Chicago (2002)
2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Yet another great movie that I regret not seeing sooner. Rob Marshall's "Chicago" is as refreshingly glitzy and nostalgic as it is delightfully slimy and debauched. Featuring a satirically charged narrative, well-rounded performances in every corner, and an incredibly unique, well-structured musical concept at the heart of it all, this film has very quickly stacked itself up in my list of absolute favorites in the musical genre.

Get Out
Get Out (2017)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Get Out" is not only a strong debut for writer/director/comedian extraordinaire Jordan Peele, it's as much a scathingly satirical glance at the dangers of eugenicist thought as it is at racist thought. It's a study in how long a filmmaker can effectively hold an audience within the gray area between "awkwardness" and "fear." And it's also an effective, star-making showcase of the up-and-coming talent at the center of this film - Mr. Daniel Kaluuya himself. Indeed, the upward-trending drum of modern horror beats on with this film, yet another win for the genre and Blumhouse Productions in particular.

Magnum Force
Magnum Force (1973)
7 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Following up one of the most iconic police thrillers of all time is no small order, so, for what it's worth, "Magnum Force" is at least a valid effort. That being said, though, it certainly lacks the level of intrigue, urgency, and intensity that its 1971 predecessor so brilliantly employed, and its first-half is definitely chock-full of trimmable fat. But, on the whole, this is a mostly worthy foliow-up to "Dirty Harry," with enough action to keep you in your seat and a third act that will leave with a very Callahan-esque smirk on your face.

Kong: Skull Island
15 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It may only occupy a runner-up position when stacked against some of the other, more formidable installments in the "Kong" cinematic mythos, but "Skull Island's" look alone makes it a monstrous force to be reckoned with, as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and cinematographer Larry Fong have really crafted something with immense visual appeal. And even with an underdeveloped character here and a plot contrivance there, the jaw-dropping set pieces and majestic vistas are more than enough to compensate for any negligible script-based flaws. The ape is great, Sam Jack is as pissed as ever, and John C. Reilly offers up enough smirk-worthy light-heartedness to make this film a well-rounded and serviceable action experience from point A to point Z.