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  • Homage

    Homage

    Sheryl Lee stars as a celebrity soap opera star and Frank Whaley as the insufferable twerp who moves into her mother's house to get closer to the object of his fanboy affections. At the beginning of the film, we learn that he winds up shooting her dead, and the rest of the movie is a dull, pretentious investigation of the events leading up to crisis. Whaley combines the worst sensibilities of Matthew Modine and Michael J. Fox into a single…

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★

    Suffers from a bad case of Too Much Story, but the action is the action and it is undeniable; Theron mighty fun to watch.

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  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    ★★★

    At 44, I sometimes feel like I've been growing up for decades while popular culture has been standing still. Radio stations I hear in grocery stores and coffee shops play the same songs that were popular when I was in high school. The comic books and fantasy novels that I read in the 1970s and 1980s (or their derivatives) have become the blockbuster TV and film franchises of the 2010s. Saturday Night Live has been on the air, in sickness…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Soderbergh is as Soderbergh does, and his putative farewell performance at the helm of a studio feature film is the usual tasteful Soderbergh fare, finely directed, with a slightly jazzy achronology to it and its almost pastel color schemes smelling lightly of perfume. For all that, the Manhattan doctor-and-patient tale that unspools here feels overly familiar, but Side Effects makes a case for its existence early on by slyly painting itself as a satire on pharmacological culture. Emily (Rooney Mara),…