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  • Fences

    Fences

    ★★★

    There's a difference between a powerful performance and a forceful performance. Too often, the performances within Fences swerve between these two notions, creating a striking inconsistency. This is with one exception, that of the restrained, elegant, willful performance of Viola Davis.

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★½

    There's some up and down in the way the film builds tension, but you have to give it credit for taking chances, sticking to a very simple premise, and delivering some legitimate body horror moments.

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  • The Ridiculous 6

    The Ridiculous 6

    ½

    Adam Sandler: "I want to make a movie that's racist."


    Netflix: "About racism?"


    Sandler: "No, just racist."


    Netflix: "Ok, sounds great."

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    ★★★★

    It earned the laughs, the tears and the cheers. Above all, Me and Earl and the Dying girl is earnest and quite wonderful. Also, its in-movie obsession with Werner Herzog warmed my heart.