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  • The Overnight

    The Overnight

    ★★½

    A decently well-shot film that tries to balance awkward comedy with prodding questions about insecurity with ourselves and in relationships, and how those insecurities affect us.

    The problem is that it's not funny enough to work outright as a comedy, and it's not grounded or fleshed out enough to work as a truly thought-provoking or interesting exploration of the inner.

    The cast all does fine, particularly Schwartzman, and this is fairly nice where the camerawork and editing are concerned. It's…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Note: This is for the Assembly Cut, which I watched for the first time on the date listed. I had previously seen the theatrical version exactly once about a decade or so ago.

    Everyone (in the non-literal sense) seems to agree this falls short when compared to the first two in the series. Everyone seems to agree the Assembly Cut is better than the theatrical version. The question, then: Is the Assembly Cut of Alien3, on its own terms, a…

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  • Quiz Show

    Quiz Show

    ★★★★★

    As I sit here, typing this, it appears that the next President of the United States will be Donald J. Trump.

    Why, you ask, is that relevant to this film?

    Because this film is about lies. At their core. The simple act of making someone think something that isn't true. They take different forms. In the film, the lies can be promises that aren't kept, they can be denial of wrongdoing, they can be assurances that what you're being asked…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    La La Land feels disingenuous to me. I'm not sure if it's an intentional and winking lie or a sell-out lie, or a lie borne of writer's block and resignation, but it seems a lie lies here.

    Beneath the sweeping and cascading camera movements, beneath the repetitive but welcome lighting cues, beneath the cutesy, consolidated colors and the attention-calling, nostalgia-dripped staginess of the sets, there's Chazelle talking a lot and not really saying anything.

    As with Whiplash, he opts for…