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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★

    A CW movie through and through, but it's hard to disparage a film that attempts to put some tolerance into the world (however slickly, however tritely in spots), and there are a few laughs to leaven the sentiment and messaging. It's sweet. (And the boys kiss, something that seems to be off limits on the otherwise culturally woke CW superhero shows.)

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★

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  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★★

    A cable favorite in my teens, finally available in a good quality DVD, anamorphically enhanced at last. (Why no Blu-ray?) Its frank, febrile atmosphere is one of those things that got me to Asia, though Singapore was a disappointingly authoritarian place by the time I got there. There's nothing disappointing about the film, though, Bogdanovich's return to movies after a string of flops, a Paul Theroux adaptation made with a dummy script to fool the authorities into thinking it was…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Brilliantly marketed, but the brilliance stops there. This is a would-be theatrical release from cash-strapped Paramout sloughed off to Netflix, reducing its marketing costs to zero and skirting terrible reviews...for a couple of hours anyway. A confused and uninspired rehash of a number of movies (EVENT HORIZON, GRAVITY, LIFE), it reconnects most strongly with its source (and, for those with longer memories, Paramount's PROPHECY, 1979) in an absolute groaner of an ending, which would have had theater audiences heaving with laughter. Refuse for your queue.