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  • To the Bone

    To the Bone


    Buffy The Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon wrote and directed this film about a 20-year-old who's battling anorexia, and more significantly, battling her own cynicism about the possibility of recovery. Noxon based it on her own near-fatal experiences with the disease, which goes a long way toward explaining why the story is so uncompromising, unsentimental, and in a few startling major ways, real. The dialogue is often funny, and there's generally a streak of dark humor to keep this from…

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore


    The directorial debut of Macon Blair (the terrific star of Blue Ruin, and a major force for good onscreen and off in Jeremy Saulnier's movies) has some notable things in common with Blue Ruin, but feels like a "What if that movie, but also a crazy Coen brothers comedy?" experiment.

    Full review for The Verge here.

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


    I've been complaining for years that Batman doesn't spend enough time shooting people to death, torturing them with red-hot bat symbols, and making bush-league intellectual mistakes. Thank goodness Zack Snyder finally made a movie for me!

    Snark aside… My actual review over at Verge gets into how the film is built entirely around reacting to, and trying to combat, the reactions to Man Of Steel.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out


    The comparison between this Pixar film's basic concept — a look inside an 11-year-old girl's head, where her emotions push for dominance — and the 1980s sitcom Herman's Head has been made many times. But it's not the concept, it's what Pixar vet and Up director Pete Docter and his team do with it. This is a speedy, often hilariously funny action-adventure, but it's also a mighty empathetic, sweet attempt to understand what sadness means, and why it's an important…