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  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    ★★½

    Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary is more of a feature-length Vox Explainer video than Hulu's 'Fyre Fraud', which takes a more glib, cutesy, "oh, those Millennials!" approach. This one accordingly feels more nitty-gritty and more interested in actually describing WTF happened, and it also gives (slightly) more time and consideration to the local Bahamians that were screwed over. On the other hand, it doesn't offer much analysis, but I prefer no analysis to the facile cultural generalizations passed off as insight…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    "Life is a mystery to me."

    A mysterious, forlorn, and ultimately grotesque film about a very bizarre love triangle. I'll freely admit that there is plainly cultural and class subtext here that I, being non-Korean, didn't quite grasp. Accordingly, I'll lean on what most stands out for me: The extent to which director Lee Chang-dong renders familiar cinematic situations -- romantic and sexual jealousy, criminal misdeeds, and amateur sleuthing -- with a sublimely weird, menacing vibe.

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  • Fyre Fraud

    Fyre Fraud

    ★★½

    Repulsively fascinating story and slick production values, but I'm not sure that having mastermind/conman Billy McFarland involved and consenting to be interviewed actually added anything of value. And the vague "millennials, amirite?" potshots are just lazy.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★

    HALF EMPTY

    There is no pleasure in reporting that writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s 'Glass' is the low point in the filmmaker’s three-feature “realistic superheroes” cycle. The first film in this chronologically lopsided trilogy, 2000’s 'Unbreakable', remains Shyamalan’s best feature to date: a gorgeous, quietly marvelous rendition of superhero archetypes and narrative arcs within a small-bore, grounded context. (Compared to that film, Christopher Nolan’s Batman features look as bloated and outlandish as the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise.) Pivoting off the…