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  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★½

    The new Gospel.

  • Mapplethorpe

    Mapplethorpe

    ★½

    My feeling is basically, if you're going to show the pictures, you've already committed to having naughty stuff onscreen. Just do something interesting with the rest of it, too. I can't for the life of me understand who this tortured-artist, pop-song-montage take on Mapplethorpe is for, because it's too hardcore for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" crowd and too soft for the Mapplethorpe fans.

    Maybe if you're really fascinated by people who look kinda like Patti Smith?

    My full review: www.npr.org/2019/02/28/698622827/mapplethorpe-a-transgressive-artist-gets-an-aggressively-dull-biopic

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  • Marwencol

    Marwencol

    ★★★½

    I'd like to know how Zemeckis looked at this movie and thought "yes, of course, heartwarming Christmas story with Steve Carell"

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    In the 22 movie-years between "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic World," the following things happened:

    -Jurassic Park closed while still in beta mode, costing InGen untold millions of dollars and prompting (one assumes) myriad lawsuits

    -Jurassic Park reopened as Jurassic World, somehow lining up investors and top corporate sponsors to restart a concept that had failed before it even went to market

    -Jurassic World overcame what one assumes would be deeply entrenched public resistance to attend a park where dinosaurs might…