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  • Border

    Border

    ★★

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

    Not to sound like Jeff Wells but I found everyone and everything in this repulsive and had to fight the urge to flee the theater half a dozen times during the film. Melander and Milonoff are, of course, buried under Cro-Magnon-esque prosthetics and like the characters in LET THE ONE RIGHT IN (which, like this film, is based on the writing of John Ajvide Lindqvist) we’re meant to overlook the character’s more grotesque personal habits and Cronenbergian physiology and recognize…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★

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

    Spent the first hour adamant in my belief that Hae-mi was a figment of Jong-su’s imagination not least of all because the character’s been written first and foremost as a lonely dude fantasy (In the first five minutes she’d introduced while vamping in hot pants as a storefront model only to flag down our sad-sack hero—she recognizes him from when they were children but he doesn’t remember her initially—seemingly rigging a raffle on his behalf and following his lead as…

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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…