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Juggernaut

Juggernaut has an element it excels in – troubled characters gradually bringing their brooding funk to an explosive spill.  I’d like to believe writer/director Daniel DiMarco is aware of how his film works, but the filmmaker consistently sidesteps around this area of strength.  I don’t think DiMarco is clueless, but he’s making too much trouble for himself to seek out a challenge.

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Chokeslam

Following the ubiquitous trend of safe and eccentric Canadian indies, Robert Cuffley’s dramedy features quirky characters in a small town anticipating an event that’s larger than life to them, but would be a modest footnote to anyone outside of their community.

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Race

Jesse Owens is a fascinating individual and he absolutely deserves a biopic, but Race is not it.  Interestingly enough, the title gives away many of the film’s faults: it conflates racism and running to an uncomfortable degree.  Stephen Hopkins’ movie is almost completely devoid of subtlety – it’s so naive, it hurts.