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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    Can’t imagine what it will be like watching this at home as it seems to exist primarily as an act of audience provocation if not outright trolling (if Paramount has any sense of humor it will release the Blu-ray with an alternate track of walla featuring gasps and people carping about getting their money back from the box office). Aronofsky’s confidence as a filmmaker is only matched by the inanity of his ideas; not for nothing but his best films…

  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    Succeeds almost solely on the strength of its young cast, all of whom are essentially unknowns (“Stranger Things” and BOOK OF HENRY fans not withstanding) and, to a person, they absolutely crush it. I’m certainly not the first to notice this but the film works best as a companion piece to STAND BY ME with the filmmakers retaining the familiar but hard to replicate strain of friendship through merciless antagonism (with a truly astonishing and 100% accurate ear for pre-adolescent…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★½

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

    A crushing disappointment really*, all the more so as I appear to be out of step with the rest of the internet on its lousiness. Wright’s way too accomplished a filmmaker for this to be a total wash but the film strives for a tricky confection of tones and what it arrives at is curdled. If HOT FUZZ took a comical premise and populates it with deadly serious characters, this tries the inverse, setting the film in a world of…