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  • Life



    For all of its chin-stroking pretension, Life is almost endearingly dim-witted, frequently pausing for monosyllabic ruminations on life itself, even as it turns CGI space bacteria into a traditional horror movie antagonist. I was ultimately more entertained by the low-rent crud that Life is than by the Interstellar hogwash that it wishes it was.

    Full SN&R review HERE

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast


    This latest incarnation is a high-gloss recycle job, designed to do nothing more than massage your nostalgia sensors for two interminable hours. The problem for Condon and company is that every single scene in their remake pales in comparison to the animated feature—every place that Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise’s enchanting animated feature is fun and magical and nimble, this slavish remake is bloated and smug and clumsy. Most of the film’s myriad issues center around cynical adaptation envy—this is…

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  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


    The Second Best... is actually better than The Best..., meaning that The Best... is now the second best. Both films are still quite awful.

    Full SN&R review HERE

    Capsule version HERE

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    May the embargo be with you.

    ***UPDATE: Embargo lifted! Midi-chlorians?

    The infantile fussiness of the prequels flattened the Star Wars universe to the point of discouraging imagination, but The Force Awakens turns it back into a tangible and dimensional cinematic world. It's a real Star Wars movie; it's just not a great Star Wars movie.

    E Street Film Society "hot take" review HERE

    SN&R rewrite HERE