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  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★

    Hate the player not the game. Wish I were as smitten with Chastain’s Molly Bloom as Sorkin clearly is. She’s the perfect protagonist for him: ultra-literate, driven, self-sufficient, can talk circles around anyone, able to fill out a series of slinky dresses with comically plunging necklines (no points for attempting to mitigate this by calling attention to Molly’s “Cinemax version of herself” if you’re going to frame her in nearly every shot from the tits up) yet still requires two…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★

    Payne is a shit humanist and if you want to know where his heart really is look no further than Damon walking off in a huff after his date gently puts the breaks on taking their relationship to the next level (or for that matter Wiig with one eyebrow shrieking into the phone about how sad she feels about ruining his life). The po-faced direction this goes in, which amounts to doughy middle class white guy learns what “really” matters…

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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…