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  • Tickled

    Tickled

    ★★

    I respect that the process of making a documentary is as important as the subject itself, and that you have to go where the making takes you. But Tickled often seems more intent on telling the story of itself over the ostensible subject. The way it ends really does it no favors.

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★★½

    Shyamalan's secret sequel to Lady in the Water is rightfully heralded, although the fact that it's done in the service of continuing to ignore that After Earth might very well be his best film is always a shame. Put it at the end of a trilogy starting with the SyFy (not yet then en-"Y"-ed) channel's The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan and you have a pretty coherent statement about Shyamalan's relation to craft, from the putting together to its…

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  • Before I Self Destruct

    Before I Self Destruct

    ★★★

    There are moments throughout Before I Self Destruct where Jackson seems to become divorced of his character, and they're wonderful. They're always snippets of conversation, where the camera seems almost to have lingered too long, even as it captures a plot- or character-relevant moment.

    For all its flaws, those moments exist and are really pretty fantastic.