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  • War Dogs

    War Dogs 2016

    ★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2016

    As Phillips’s attempt to ape Adam McKay ('The Big Short') and Michael Bay ('Pain and Gain') in making the transition from meathead movie to Dudebro American Dream Satire – it’s a sub-genre now, look it up – it’s adequate and little more, with an occasionally inspired Jonah Hill and a less-than-memorable Miles Teller (weird decision, by the way, to cast two guys whose speaking voices are so interchangeable) delivering sporadic laughs and occasional jabs. Phillips, meanwhile, cribs so much of…

  • Imperium

    Imperium 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    The primary accomplishment of 'Imperium,' an otherwise middling undercover fed movie from writer/director Daniel Ragussis, is to remind us there are as many styles of racists as there are, well, colors in the rainbow.


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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad 2016

    Watched 02 Aug, 2016

    Suffice it to say that the usual complaints (about superhero movies in general but “DC Extended Universe” movies in particular) still stand: its tone is all over the goddamn place, but the default is grim and dark and dumb; the special effects are dodgy and weightless; it’s awkwardly, self-satisfactorily “cool”; it lumbers from scene to scene, stopping occasionally for teary-eyed backstories that we’re apparently supposed to take seriously; it’s loaded with interchangeable characters, which translates into scene after scene of…

  • 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…