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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★½

    Sure looks great

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★

    Yorgos Lanthimos’ closest approach to mainstream Hollywood to date is a lecture on guilt, cowardice and class warfare — pinched in part from Greek mythology — with a slick, inhuman aesthetic that verges on self-parody. The film’s fabulist streak doesn’t come close to leavening the oppressive fatalism of the scenario, which seems to have been contrived expressly to demonstrate what a shit its surgeon protagonist, Steven, is. As Steven and Anna, Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman make an intriguing-enough parental…

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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),…