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  • Pepi, Luci, Bom

    Pepi, Luci, Bom

    ★★★½

    It never really occurred to me that Almodovar owed much of a debt to John Waters, but his influence is all over the playful offensiveness of Pepi, Luci, Bom - complete with the hammy acting that seems intended to keep you from ever believing in the reality of the world it's creating. I guess anybody who loves to shock as gleefully as Almodovar does would have to be a Waters fan, but he quickly learns how to do it in…

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★★½

    Lively enough to sit through pretty easily, and it's fun to watch it lay a fair amount of the groundwork for the MCU as we know it now. But, damn, the script is terrible, with lousy jokes and really obvious dramatic situations. I spent most of this viewing feeling embarrassed for the actors and director who gave it their all but didn't seem to notice that it was all in the service of a bunch of hackneyed garbage.

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★½

    I don't watch many movies this deeply stupid anymore, but this one makes me extra angry because nobody ever raved about how "intelligent" Jurassic World or The Hunger Games were.

  • Magical Girl

    Magical Girl

    ★★★★

    I was intrigued enough by this film to want to seek out whatever Carlos Vermut does next, but watching it was not a wholly satisfying experience. The reasons for his characters' obsessive and extreme behaviors are at once both too vague and too explicit, making for a movie that's both pleasingly mysterious and frustratingly simplistic at the same time. But I understand and appreciate that it's all an intentional experiment in narrative form. Vermut tells us right from the beginning,…