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  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    ★★★½

    A celebration of diversity and rebellion against a corrupt government. Appropriate viewing this weekend.

    Really, take this cast, give them a better director, and they could give us a Fast and Furious-esque run of gloriously silly, incredibly fun action flicks. Which I wouldn't have thought after the first two xXx movies.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★★

    GUESS WHO'S BIZZACK

    Shyamalan's framing is among the best of any studio directors working today. Every shot is just packed with information-- or intentionally restrictive to deny us the information right off the screen. Just a gorgeously made flick. Easily his best since Signs.

    And McAvoy gave a performance that's a stone cold lock to be better than at least two, probably three, of the Oscar nominees for Best Actor next week. He comes through and smashes buildings-- funny, scary, and oddly sympathetic.

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ½

    In this theater, no one could hear me scream.

  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    ½

    In case you were wondering, this is still one the ugliest, most brainless, most unpleasant, and most fucking terrible movies made in your lifetime.