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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★

    In which the most iconic female comic book superhero finally gets a feature film to call her own. Much of this is delightful — Gal Gadot's performance is magnetic, and Patty Jenkins gives the film's engrossing midsection an authentic screwball savor, presenting Gadot's Diana as more frankly sexy than I had been led to expect and keeping sweet, blue-eyed Chris Pine in exactly the right place throughout. It's a shame she's saddled with a typical superhero screenplay that eventually brings…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    Well, it's a good time at the movies but not as good as the first one -- it's glossier, more calculated, less gleefully unpredictable. Worse, Vol. 2 feels as hemmed in by expectations as Vol. 1 felt free of them. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes, this is probably still my favorite neighborhood, but the rents are definitely going up, and its old devil-may-care atmosphere and subversive character are being replaced by wave after wave of aggressively upscale feel-good vibes.

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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),…