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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.

  • 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."

  • 400 Days

    400 Days

    How did SyFy Films make a movie that looks significantly cheaper than the SyFy original television programming? It's sort of baffling. 

  • Grandma

    Grandma

    ★★½

    Lily Tomlin as a cantankerous lesbian hippie grandma who tries to help her granddaughter secure an abortion. Yeah, I found that enjoyable. Because Lily Tomlin.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★

    Every frame of this movie is alive. Tarantino uses all 70mm and every second to lull us into a sense of wonder before covering everything and everyone in blood. The Eight, the actors behind them, are all quite a bit of nasty fun.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★

    It's the kind of movie you dread watching because it's subject matter lives in your world, possibly even in your back yard, and it's right to be uncomfortable. But it's also the kind of movie that you're glad you watched because it is so profoundly well-acted and gut-wrenching that it occupies space in your soul.

  • Creed

    Creed

    ★★★★

    I didn't cry during Creed, but I did feel very alive for the first time in a while.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★

    There's some coarse language in this movie, and it's about a very real and depressing moment for our modern society, but I laughed quite a bit through the tears and shame.

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie

    ★★★

    Now that's a delightful little movie.

  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland

    ★★★

    A wonderfully hopeful movie with an imperfect rhythm. Clooney is solid, as is Britt Robertson. It will ultimately fall by the wayside amongst other 2015 blockbusters, but it's vastly underrated.

  • Pixels

    Pixels

    ★½

    With Adam Sandler and Kevin James, you get what you deserve for entertaining their projects in the first place. What's sad is that Pixels isn't without some visual flair.