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  • I Feel Pretty

    I Feel Pretty

    ★★½

    Toothless, utterly predictable body-switch/wish-fulfillment comedy does occasionally rise above the cliched high-concept thanks in no small part to Amy Schumer's boisterous screen presence - she's fun and fearless, and even handles the film's occasional dramatic passages with notable ease. But this no great shakes mash-up of BIG, SHALLOW HAL and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA should have been so much more subversive and smart (much like Schumer's stand-up persona) than the safe, middle of the road, faux Apatow-factory results here. It…

  • Roller Boogie

    Roller Boogie

    ★★★

    B-grade fadsploitation from CLASS OF 1984's Mark L. Lester - just dopey and cheesy enough to keep things interesting. As lovers from the wrong side of the tracks, Blair and Bray have a sum total of zero chemistry - but that's OK, because this is just about making a quick buck off the roller disco fad, and splicing in an old Frankie & Annette BEACH PARTY plot to it. The film stops cold frequently to showcase assumably the real-life 1978 roller…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    For some surprising reasons, taking the colour out of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD makes an already-brilliant film:

    1.) More Sinister - the Citadel world was much more frightening and oppressive in B&W, assigning the setting the physical and psychological Hell it surely was for these characters

    2.) More Detailed - the viewer's eye is drawn into not just the actors, but to their expressive faces, as well as to the landscapes and especially the production's vehicle design

    3.) Easier To…

  • 21 & Over

    21 & Over

    ½

    21 & OVER is about as derivative and thoroughly unlikable a motormouth comedy as you'll find. It's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    Jon Lucas & Scott Moore - the writers of THE HANGOVER - attempt another night-in-the-life fable of wild partying and male bonding through embarrassing situations, this time replacing the smug mid-thirties assholes with entitled college-aged assholes. Big switch.

    The deja-vu set-up finds a straight-A Med student (Justin Chon) dragged out for a collegial beer or two on the night…