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  • L.A. Story

    L.A. Story

    ★★★★

    Delightful. While its does resemble light but solid Woody Allen, there is much less neuroticism here, which was a welcome distinction for me (Pauline Kael wrote a bit more on how the movie actually turns "Annie Hall" "inside out"). But let's stop talking about Woody, because I think this movie is as much indebted to the writings of the funny and brilliant Boris Vian - whose surrealist novels Steve Martin would have been the perfect guy to help adapt into…

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★

    Classy spectacle that hearkens back to the epics of yore, tells a standard Hollywood historical bio-drama. Right off the bat we are presented with high production values for a mere hunting scene, and the movie continues to deliver on some big visuals and exciting scenery. It even tries to have its own "Lawrence of Arabia"-match cut moment and it works pretty well (poured-out alcohol running along the sink cuts to a train advancing through a new setting).

    However, Charlie Hunnam's…

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  • The Idiots

    The Idiots

    ★★★★½

    How committed are you to your own ideologies? An ideology is something that can be liberating, but is also very impractical. In a way, it is a handicap. To live by any radical ideology in a society unadjusted to that ideology is difficult to impossible. Society shuns handicapped people, whether they be mentally handicapped by nature or by nurture, and regardless of whether that handicap is actually an ideology that leads to a happier living than societal norms allow. Growing…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★

    The perfect 3/5-star movie: Fun, audacious, gives you just enough to talk about after it ends, but doesn't stay with you for longer than that. The direction and writing are similar to hip, recent sketch comedy-oriented TV shows like Man Seeking Woman (2015-17) or Detroiters (2017-18)... more so than Peele's cinematic "Get Out", for example.

    It is certainly a nice surprise for a feature film to go for it like "Sorry to Bother You" does, but there doesn't seem to…