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  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man


    Of course, Ang Lee would focus a high-concept flick about cloning upon regret and redemption.  And yet, like Hulk (2003), despite all the bombast, this whole proceeding feels so inert, passion-less.

  • What Lies Below

    What Lies Below


    Even if her character as written sorta deserved the ending, Ema Horvath didn’t deserve this script.  This Netflix movie of the weekly top 10 feels like a bizarre mashup of The Stepfather (1987) and Humanoids from the Deep (1980), which is like taking two 2.5 / 5 rated movies and hoping to get a 5 / 5 result.  But that’s not really how the math works.

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  • Dear Basketball

    Dear Basketball


    The narration has all of the nuance and poetry that you’d expect from a recently retired pro basketball player whose ego just can’t be stopped and who desperately wants the post-#metoo world to forget all the rape-y stuff.  The animation by Glen Keane (Tangled (2010)) was positively groundbreaking when it appeared in an A-ha video over three decades ago.  And so this six-minute commercial for the post-NBA Kobe Bryant brand is nothing less (or more) than a triumph for his publicity team and a perfect reminder of what the Oscars (and Hollywood) are really all about.

    Hoop Dreams, anyone?

  • La La Land

    La La Land


    It's 2016. Among our prime A-listers, we don't have a Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers; hell, we don't even have an Olivia Newton-John or John Travolta. What we do have is Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), Gangster Squad (2013)) and a talented director (Damien Chazelle) who has the audacity to create an original musical in 2016 (as opposed to adapting/stewarding a Broadway franchise). With Chazelle's invocation of nostalgia for a once dominant cinematic form and generous…