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  • Saved!

    Saved!

    ★★★½

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

    If you watch a lot of movies it's easy to predict almost every plot point in the teen religious dramedy Saved!. A closeted boyfriend and an unexpected pregnancy that comes from trying to set him on the right path seem like obvious arcs for a film that explores religion; as do characters living outside the box secretly helping the protagonist and the seemingly perfect Christian control freak losing her sanity when she can't keep people under her thumb anymore. But…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★

    Somewhere buried in Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a great movie about faith, colonialism, and Christian arrogance. Unfortunately that largely gets lost in this turgid drama filled with drawn out conversations about religion, senseless voiceover from multiple characters, brutal violence depicted matter-of-factly, and largely one-dimensional portrayals of the Japanese officials trying to stop Christianity from spreading in their country during the 1600s.

    Scorsese’s film is beautifully shot, with a restrained, mostly static camera that’s uncharacteristic for the director. Its lack of…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    The Grand Budapest Hotel might be Wes Anderson's best film yet. Not only is it a shining example of his signature style, but it also happens to be an action-packed adventure that engages you from start to finish with its entertaining story-within-a-story premise. One part murder mystery and one part heist film, The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson's typical formula operating at peak efficiency. Its narrative is briskly paced, its dialogue is snappy, its characters are zany yet charming, its…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    You can piss in a jar and call it Granny's Peach Tea, but I'm not buying it Zack Snyder.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is painfully bad. It's such a slog that watching all two and a half bloated hours is a draining emotional experience. It's poorly directed, murkily shot, shittily edited, and makes almost no sense. Everything about it is forced, including its reasons for Batman and Superman feuding with each other, and all of its setup for…