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  • Fyre Fraud

    Fyre Fraud

    ★★

    A cheese sandwich of a documentary. Lots of bizarre editorial choices here including documents read by a robotic voice generator and non sequitor video clips from stuff like Family Guy. Though it touts an interview with Billy McFarland, most of the footage is him staring blankly or saying "no comment."

    38/100

  • Communion

    Communion

    ★½

    The sort of miserable slice of life documentary filmmaking that always has to fill one slot on the Academy's best documentary shortlist each year. The fly-on-the-wall approach mostly relies on well chosen subjects and style. This has neither.

    27/100

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★½

    I wouldn't see another film projected at 48 fps if I were held at gunpoint. In the state of the art venue I saw The Hobbit, the film looked like it was being screened in fast-motion. It was distractingly cartoonish and never managed to trick the eye in the way 24 fps does.

    Issues with the projection aside, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is deeply problematic despite the artistry of its production design, effects and sound work. This story is…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    When confronted with "no more than a hundred" orcs, two of our dwarf protagonists shrug and begin slaughtering them like experts playing a video game on beginner mode. Such moments forego the most basic realities, and they're ultimately what kept The Hobbit from working on film. This is pure fantasy, of course, but plot conveniences and improbabilities eliminate any iota of drama. Once members of the sprawling ensemble finally shed blood, it's jarringly false. These characters have survived the most…