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  • Ice Age: Collision Course

    Ice Age: Collision Course 2016

    ★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2016

    Like nearly every non-Disney or Pixar animated flick since 'Shrek,' 'Collision Course' essentially spends 90 or so minutes bumbling along on bad puns, celebrity voice-spotting, and anachronistic pop culture references (“They’re saying hashtag, but it’s the Ice Age, haw haw haw!”), and there’s a big dance number at the end, and then we can go home. Yet I’ll give it this much: it’s bright and fast and loud and the 3D is often neat. It’ll occupy your kids for part of a Saturday, which is what these films are so often about anyway.


  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa 2016

    ½ Watched 05 Jul, 2016

    'Dirty Grandpa' is one of those movies that’s equal parts bad and baffling; it seems to have been written and directed by alien life forms who read YouTube comment sections for a week and drew these conclusions about human behavior. It’s hard to imagine anything on the page that would’ve drawn the likes of Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Adam Pally, Zoey Deutch, Jason Matzoukas (unless he was doing a special undercover assignment for 'How Did This Get…

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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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