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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    A tale of two films, really. Loved the first one, which rides the line between somnambulism and mesmerizing unlike anything that easily jumps to mind; I spent basically the first hour fighting to keep my eyes open while remaining completely enraptured. Never knew quite where it was going—while ultimately recognizing what the destination was by virtue of the genre—as it very slowly introduces us to our doomed couple living an idyllic, smoking weed in front of television, existence in isolation.…

  • RBG

    RBG

    ★★★½

    The to be expected talking head style hagiography that frequently does well out of Sundance but seeing as how its subject has largely been reduced to a walking Tumblr post, not without value. Particularly appreciated how much attention it paid to Ginsburg’s social advocacy work in the 60’s and 70’s and her adorably dorky relationship with her late husband Martin (if it wasn’t already, the upcoming Felicity Jones/Armie Hammer film about their lives feels especially unnecessary now). I want to…

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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…