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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    Better than the first, though that's not saying a whole lot. On the one hand, what more could this possibly be doing to make me laugh? It has a ton of jokes and the hit ratio is far higher than in the preceding film. Maybe the glib irreverence just wears thin, and the attempts to humanize immortal cartoon characters don't succeed. Ultimately I still feel like Deadpool's whole schtick is playing straight to 14 year old boys, and somewhere around…

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★★

    No new observations here. Borat feels significant - it feels like it "earns" at least a four star rating just for the commitment and balls it took to pull off this stunt. I laughed a few times (wish I could say it'd been more) but mostly my jaw was on the floor asking "how the hell did they get away with this?" On the one hand you know cameras are going and you know the participants had to sign agreements,…

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    I sound like a broken record but movies are always funnier when I watch them with a group and I never realized quite how many visual jokes are in this. The whole bit with Toht pulling out what you think is a weapon and then it's just his hanger? Amazing. My least favorite bit is still the street chase with the baskets (outside the awesome swordsman scene, obviously) because I think it's generally best when it peppers in comedy as…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★

    Why does this movie look like it was directed by Instagram?

    The new Kong movie isn't boring, exactly, but it is very, very predictable. At any given time you know exactly what's going to happen and exactly when it's going to happen. The script is mostly functional but transparent, with good character actors trying their best to dress up their rote exposition. Goodman's weak excuses for getting into the island make me wish for Jack Black's sleazy, determined showman.

    Very…