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  • Bathtubs Over Broadway

    Bathtubs Over Broadway

    ★★★★½

    One of my favorites of all the films at Tribeca 2018, Bathtubs Over Broadway plays the long game astoundingly well. It starts as an unexplored-niche doc, introducing us to the world of “industrial theater” through its preeminent stan, longtime Letterman writer Steve Young (pictured above).

    It then kinda becomes a portrait of Young as he guides us through the sales-meeting musicals of the ‘50s-‘70s that feature such immortal lyrics as “Xerox spoken here!” and “Everything’s coming up Citgo!” From there…

  • Cargo

    Cargo

    ★★★★

    I heard one critic remark post-screening that it’s “a zombie Walkabout” and while there’s some truth to that, as there is in any comment so facile, Cargo is both more and less than this reductive comparison would imply. It isn’t an art film, nor is it a spiritual odyssey that presents the Outback as a stand-in for inner landscapes. Cargo’s plot is far too pragmatic for that, and its pacing and structure are far too tight. Freeman’s character, in trying…

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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."

  • Dragon

    Dragon

    ★★★

    For its first half an hour or so, Wu Xia sent me into a state of the purest popcorn bliss of any film in a long, long time. Since it features Takeshi Kaneshiro, one of my favorite living stars, yes, Wu Xia had me primed from the get-go, and pairing him with Donnie Yen to form a kind of mind/body dynamic duo struck me as inspired on more than one level. Even better, Yen's character is not just a fighter…