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  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    George Romero believes passionately in the necessity of metaphor in horror stories, once saying, “I also have always liked the monster within idea. I like the zombies being us. Zombies are the blue-collar monsters.” By itself, horror is simply disgusting and debase, but, as metaphor, it can -- when in the right hands -- become brilliant and beautiful.

    In Raw, the heinous act of cannibalism serves as a many-sided metaphor. Director Julia Ducournau, as expected, has remained tight lipped about…

  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    ★★★

    Man, was I expecting MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES to be a total dud -- as Razzie worthy as anything in 2017. But the movie, despite some glaring flaws that don't need any elaboration (dull 2nd act, that stupid motorcycle stunt, the bi-sexual cousin misfire . . .), turns out to be a pretty rewarding comedy as far as studio comedies can be these days.*

    Here are a few things that worked well for me:

    1. I love Anna…

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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…