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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite


    Olivia Colman.  Oh my.

  • Creed II

    Creed II


    Whereas Rocky II (1979) was about victory, Rocky III (1982) was about defeat in victory, and Rocky IV (1985) was pure Cold War pap, Creed II attempts to draw a bit from each one of those sequels.  But even on the most fundamental dramatic level as a fight film, it falls short on all fronts - leaving us with a fumbled plot and hazy character motivations.

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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 #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…