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  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    ★★★½

    Working from a screenplay written by Hanks and adapted from C. S. Forester’s 1955 novel The Good Shepherd, the film is about as streamlined as you can get: ships are identified via onscreen captioning instead of explanatory dialogue, jargon goes mostly unexplained, and the focus character-wise remains squarely on Krause, with supporting players Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, and Rob Morgan (the latter two vastly underutilized) the only other truly familiar faces amongst the cast. The film’s emotional weight is almost…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    ★★½

    The trouble with Eurovision Song Contest is that it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It has the trappings of a comedy in the vein of Walk Hard or Popstar, but whereas those two films are riffing off of very particular genre tropes, Eurovision is built on the framework of a much more generic archetype. The path taken by Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (McAdams) as they attempt to win the real-life international music competition of…

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  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★★

    Hargrave is clearly most comfortable working within the action framework, and there’s a thrilling sense of joy to be had even amidst the hyper-violence, especially in how there seems to be a complete lack of attention paid to the frenetic gun and knife fights by the crowds of pedestrians nonchalantly going about their business. But where films like John Wick or Atomic Blonde or Dredd balance brutality with a winking narrative, the connective tissue here is deadly serious, contributing to a level of nihilism that threatens to suffocate as Extraction reaches its final climactic setpiece.

    Full review at Rough Cut Cinema.

  • Band Aid

    Band Aid

    ★★★½

    Blue Valentine, but with jokes.