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  • Now You See Me 2

    Now You See Me 2

    ★★★

    I mean I enjoyed it for what it was, but getting a cast like this and winding up a movie this fluffy is kind of a magic trick all its own...

  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped

    The Beat That My Heart Skipped

    ★★★½

    Of course, the very conceit of anybody remaking a James Toback film is delightfully perverse. But if I hadn't already known that this was a remake of Fingers, I'm not sure I would have been able to tell.

    Director Jacques Audiard replaces the specifically American (more specifically Manhattan based based and MOST specifically, Toback-ishly masturbatory) ponderings on masculinity, with a more Gallic version of same. Perhaps inevitably, this smooths out the quirks that made the original a film worth investigating.…

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  • Cheeky

    Cheeky

    ★★

    I shouldn't do it.

    I absolutely should not be trying to analyze this movie, because it's basically semicore porn.

    (For those who don't know this term I just made up, 'semicore' means all the onscreen sex is softcore, but there are a shitload of erect penises just hanging... well, not hanging, exactly... about. You're welcome, friends)

    But seeing as how Tinto Brass (the director) is clearly using this movie as a polemic to espouse his unifying theory of mankind, I…

  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher

    ★★★★

    I'm not entirely sure this movie makes any sense whatsoever.

    Could not matter less. Rutger Hauer is the God damned devil in this one.

    Highly recommended.