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  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★½

    This was going so well until...

  • The Way Way Back

    The Way Way Back

    ★★★

    Checked this out after re-watching an interview with Jim Rash and remembering how much I enjoyed being in the world that they created in The Descendants. This one was well-meaning enough though it bore every one of the marks of a first-time directorial and screenwriting outing by Rash and his buddy Nat Faxon (this was apparently the script that got them the job working with Alexander Payne).

    But as a sucker for a coming of age story, I stuck with…

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  • The Central Park Five

    The Central Park Five

    ★★★★½

    [My Willamette Week review]

    Ken Burns has spent over 20 years documenting American history in bite-size chunks, homing in on one subject after another with keen alacrity. In all that time, though, Burns has touched on issues such as racism and poverty only at a decades-long remove. So to see the 59-year-old filmmaker's name associated with a documentary recounting one of the most horrendous miscarriages of justice in recent memory is frankly a little shocking. To Burns' credit, he rises…

  • Antichrist

    Antichrist

    ★★★★

    The feel good hit of the summer from the new name in screwball comedy.