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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    For this seemingly critic-proof film, I offer this like-proof review ...

    In contrast with Tangerine (2015), director Sean Baker does little more here than dress up poverty porn with indie affectations, relying primarily on six year-old children hamming/quirking it up for the camera for much of the emotional manipulation.  Brooklynn Prince in particular turns in one of the least convincing child performance I’ve seen in recent years - rivaling that of Lilly Aspell in Wonder Woman (2017) - and predictably…

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★

    The love for this one baffles me more than I can say with respect to any film released in the last two years that I’ve seen.  I love horror films that unsettle with ambiguity and mystery; but by the time I reached the end of this laboriously convoluted mashup of The Exorcist, police procedural, religious mythology, and social commentary, I really couldn’t care less.  And most significantly: Never once was I creeped out.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    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…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    After an unnecessary remake, an above-average biopic, and an adaptation of a half-baked short story, it’s damn good to see director David Fincher back on his game – or I should say, The Game (1997), because that’s Gone Girl‘s closest touchstone to any of his other films. That said, Gone Girl works much better as exercises in role-playing go, and the difference is Gillian Flynn – the author of the best-selling novel and sole writer of the screenplay. Together, they craft pulp fiction of the highest order ... aflixionado.com/gone-girl-2014/.