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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    Steal from the rich mainly so you can punch them in the nose, metaphorically, and just keep enough so that your buds can never become "the rich" and retain that what makes them "them." Rebellion and resistance ain't about trying to replace the powers that be with yourself. It's just about showing them they don't have the right to fuck you over in every aspect of your life, and that they should be so lucky that you don't WANT to be such scum. Because it'd be that easy to put them out completely.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★★½

    The Cold War was one long con job where the USA made everyone believe only IT could save the world. Any allying or cooperation was just part of the game. Any sympathy was happenstance and in the moment. And it's all ok because that con and all the bloodshed accompanying it has Charlize's face.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Gosling's character makes a big huff about jazz-- a dynamic art that has changed and morphed many times over the years-- and how it's dying. Never mind that the notion that jazz being on the verge of dying is fatalistic bullshit, despite this supposedly lingering fact, his character is also staunchly bound by tradition, despite the people he holds up as idols NOT sharing that sort of attitude. He cares more about who sat on a stool than he does…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    When we try to come together, what we REALLY do is just redraw the divisions by which we identify ourselves. Thing is, it's said divisions that make us individuals. Our desire to be one with each other is at odds with our desire to be "me." Once you lay down the things that comprise your identity, you're also saying "other peeps are not that," and that will keep us from ever REALLY understanding one another. The only thing we CAN…