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  • Youth

    Youth

    ★★★★

    Sat down with 'Youth' this evening. What a magnificently acted, gorgeously shot film. Its narrative rhythm is all over the place, but it's captivating at every turn. Paolo Sorrentino truly does only make beautiful films.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★½

    Some brutal hand-to-hand fight sequences in this one, lending some intimacy to the otherwise vast action landscape that defines this very big, very international franchise. It's at its best when it goes small. And it's at its very best in every moment that the fierce Rebecca Ferguson is on screen.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★½

    There is a wide gap between a film being slow and a film that's dull. Despite some beautiful scenery and a little bit of action, this one crosses into the dull territory.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    ★★★★

    Frenetic and filthy. Bloody beautiful, as a gentleman might effuse.

  • Fury

    Fury

    ★★★½

    That's a grisly war flick. Very well constructed and sharply executed.

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People

    ★★★½

    Sharply written and lead Tessa Thompson absolutely kills it.

  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    ★★★

    A loving oral history of National Lampoon. Creatively animated at times, full of wonder and tragety. Genuinely spirited.

  • Misery Loves Comedy

    Misery Loves Comedy

    ★★★

    Meanders a bit, but the subjects are interesting enough to keep it interesting.

  • Cop Car

    Cop Car

    ★★

    Third act is a major stress-out, but the rest is pretty bland.

  • 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.

  • Sleeping with Other People

    Sleeping with Other People

    ★★★

    A sweet, elegant and consistently funny (and frank) romantic comedy. Brie and Sudekis are excellent.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ½

    Director Sean Baker is 2 for 2 in making films that I find unbearable. I respect what TANGERINE is going for. A raw portrait about life in LA for trans sex workers on the street. But it was just too aggro. It's the cinematic equivalent of being screamed at for 90 minutes.