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  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

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

    The best sequence in THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is also incredibly wrongheaded and one that betrays the core values of the FAST & FURIOUS series. That's the duality that makes this entry particularly difficult to judge.

    As an action movie, divorced from any baggage built up over seven previous movies in this deeply silly serial, F8 is competent and enjoyable enough. F. Gary Gray doesn't direct it with the same exemplary skill as Justin Lin and James Wan, but he…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    Throughout Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson performs the voice of Mrs. Potts in a not-particularly-good impression of Angela Lansbury, and you’re left to wonder why they didn’t just get Angela Lansbury to do the movie.

    This, unfortunately, is Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast in a nutshell. A film so preoccupied with slavishly imitating its predecessor that it’s doomed to live in its shadow while the few new ideas that emerge over the course of its…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    In a way, BIRDMAN feels like a film that holds the average audience in contempt. It's a movie that speaks to the culture dynamics of LA vs New York, the insecurities of actors, and the tension between art and commerce, but in doing so, it speaks primarily to people in "that world," and addresses everyone else with a feeling of condescension. It's a movie in which the main character's titular alter ego turns to the camera and says "you're not…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Fuck this movie very much.