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  • I Feel Pretty

    I Feel Pretty

    ★★★

    Yeah, it’d great if Amy Schumer’s latest feature film had narrative beats that were as bold as its central conceit.  And perhaps Schumer’s unique brand of square-peg feminism plays best in a short-skit format.  But I have to say this is my favorite of her starring turns, as it feels most like an expression of Schumer herself (a comic who’s always been self-depricating in a way that only a woman who knows she’s got game could be).   And it’s pretty entertaining to see/hear Michelle Williams having this much fun.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    Do comedic actors actually make better horror films? Did Hollywood really get the message after 10 Cloverfield Lane? Have we finally raised the bar from the point where The Conjuring was considered a great film?

    Probably not, but, you know ...

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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/.