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  • Kevin Hart: What Now?

    Kevin Hart: What Now? 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2016

    Hart’s troubles finding a “real” movie worth his and our time, like Pryor’s, are hard to lay directly at his feet; even actors who consistently delivered such robust returns-on-investment face the typical trouble finding quality material, thanks to any number of factors (delusions about overseas box office, shortages of black writers and directors crafting quality roles for black actors, etc.) But as long as he’s still got access to a microphone and something to say, he’ll be just fine – and if Pryor’s example is any indication, those are the films that will live on anyway.


  • The Accountant

    The Accountant 2016

    Watched 12 Oct, 2016

    'The Accountant' is the kind of delectably terrible movie that doesn’t really get made on a grand scale anymore, so at least it’s novel. It’s not that there aren’t bad movies, of course – far from it. But most are bad in the same, depressing ways: free of personality and risk, focus-grouped out the wazoo, eyes perpetually on the franchise or universe they’re setting up or living in. 'The Accountant,' if nothing else, is not that. It’s a movie so…

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Jul, 2015

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2014

    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

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