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  • Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    Dude Bro Party Massacre III

    ★★½

    While I appreciate the parody of 80s slasher flicks, the stunt casting, and the obvious love that went into creating this anarchic VHS throwback, it wears out its welcome about halfway through. The wink-wink of it all isn’t balanced by anything particularly novel. Patton Oswalt, who is in this film as the police chief looking for occult answers to his community’s “Dude Bro” problem, recently compared DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III to CABIN IN THE WOODS. Usually he’s spot on,…

  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    ★★

    Daddy issues. Ugh. For all of Lego’s silliness, why does each of their stories revolve around kids who don’t feel loved by their daddies? Unlike LEGO MOVIE and LEGO BATMAN, though, NINJAGO isn’t very clever, has major issues with cultural appropriation, and lays on the father-son sentiment like it’s about run out. Additionally, none of the vocal talent get to do much to showcase why each was selected, which is especially weird as Lego has made a point with its…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    There’s a long tradition of movies about television broadcasting. The two most successful are Sidney Lumet’s NETWORK and James L. Brooks’ BROADCAST NEWS. Both satirize telejournalism with a keen eye, revealing the shady behavior beneath the public image of integrity. Those films were made in the 70s and 80s, respectively. Since, the cynical attitude towards American journalism has only grown. We all know networks are in it for the ratings. We know getting us “truth” in journalism is not as…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★

    A BONNIE & CLYDE for Generation X, Tarantino's script is a great exploration of romance as artifice and posturing. His criminal lovers, the unhinged slacker Clarence (Christian Slater) and free-spirited prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), are married in a courthouse, but consummate their passion in a movie house.

    Clarence is every bit the cool, badass tough guy that Jean-Paul Belmondo was in BREATHLESS, only significantly more excited by the violence Belmondo flirted with. And where Belmondo was undone by love, Clarence is…