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  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★½

    Viewers who have experienced the delectable agony of director Ruben Östlund’s international breakout 'Force Majeure' (2014) doubtlessly have some expectations regarding the Swedish filmmaker’s new feature, 'The Square'. Those expectations will largely be fulfilled: Like his previous film, the director’s latest work is a pitch-black satire presented completely straight, with a whiff of self-loathing detectable beneath its Scandinavian starch. Both 'Force Majeure' and 'The Square' are bone-dry cringe comedies about self-satisfied bourgeois men. In both films, the protagonist is swiftly…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    The conventional wisdom is that 'Man of Steel' (2013) and 'Batman v. Superman' (2016), the first two entries in the wannabe “DC Extended Universe”, were critical duds partly due to their unremittingly dour tone. The grim, brooding atmosphere that worked well in Christopher Nolan’s 'Dark Knight' trilogy (2015 - 2012) is a poor fit for stories about the Last Son of Krypton, or so the thinking goes. In truth, tone is not actually one of MoS's or BvS's more glaring…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    Hey, look. Someone made a vastly superior PROMETHEUS / ALIEN: COVENANT and it's ironically a sequel to a completely different Ridley Scott sci-fi film.

    Review on Friday.

  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    Holy fucking shit. One of the nastiest, stomach-churning makeup effects I've ever seen.