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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a film for people who love the twee arts and crafts feel of a Michel Gondry film AND love to cheer on Jason and Freddie as they are chasing young women through the woods.

    I'm still not sure how I feel about this film. I left the movie feeling like I'd just seen a horror movie. Not just the body horror stuff that you've probably read about, if you've read about this film, but really terrifying psychological horror.…

  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    ★★

    Hardly as horrible as its reputation would suggest. Struggles with momentum and rigid green screen acting. Fight scenes are inventive and does a decent job with complex world-building.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    P okay. Then Scott Summers shows up and it's basically terrible from then on.

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★½

    Beautiful to look at. Very funny. Great message told in a convuluted and contradictory way that it reinforces the messages about power and oppression it's trying to critique.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My son's face when he discovered who Kylo's father was. Topped only by when he saw what a badass Rey is with a light saber. 💯

  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Wreck-It Ralph

    ★★★½

    “No cuts. No butts. No coconuts?”

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★★★

    Sets a record for ‘Characters Saying The Title Of The Film In The Dialogue.’

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    ½

    Best scene.

    Best line: “This is geopolitics, not couples therapy.”

  • The Trip to Italy

    The Trip to Italy

    ★★★★

    Much funnier and less mannered than the original. Heartbreaking and hilarious.

    Additional thoughts spurred by Rob's comment:

    I found both character's mid-life breakdown so much more compelling and surprising than the Coogan's crisis in the first one. Where the first always delivered the obvious (for me), this one seemed genuinely more careful handling the display of emotions without being cloying. Two examples: 1. When SC is talking about being invisible in front of young people and 2. when RB tells…

  • Love Actually

    Love Actually

    ½

    Super-duper misogynistic

  • Submarine

    Submarine

    ★★★★★

    On the one hand, this movie is a film lovers dream: a unique setting seldom seen on film (Swansea in Wales), great cinematography and references to fantastic films about childhood and loss like 'Don't Look Now', 'Rushmore', and 'The 400 Blows.' One the other hand it's a wonderfully funny and tragic story about the pains of adolescence. A film about the painful gap between loneliness, love, and friendship. That the emotional lives of teenagers is what makes the world vibrate…

  • The Trip

    The Trip

    ★★★

    I think it's really hard to get the balance of reality and absurdity right in a "faux documentary". If you try to hard to convince the audience it's 'real' and that can feel a bit mean and ultimately pointless (see: 'Exit through the Giftshop').

    I found 'The Trip' to be quite funny and I really enjoyed the interplay between the two characters, ultimately I thought the premise was a bit too thin to carry and entire film. Rob, the domesticated…