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  • The Happytime Murders

    The Happytime Murders

    ★½

    "It's funny because they're puppets" isn't enough. You need to do more. I've seen Meet the Feebles, Team America, Sausage Party and Crankyankers. Puppets (or whatever childlike manifestation being depicted) being vulgar and having sex is nothing new or daring. In fact, it's tired. And using a noir murder mystery as a backdrop smacks of laziness. Try harder.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    If you can't get on board with this, "Baby Driver" or "Mad Max: Fury Road," then action movies just aren't your thing. "Fallout" is the best MI film yet, which is a major compliment considering how spectacular the last two films were. Christopher McQuarrie has quietly earned himself a spot on the master list of top action directors working today. Even in the film's final set piece--utilizing one of the oldest traditions of the genre--McQuarrie finds ways to put you…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Hard to say where it ranks. Definitely up there with the best, though. Is it THE best? Time (and a few more viewings) will tell. It is certainly the "busiest" of all SW films. Every character is either escaping, hiding, planning, fighting, wisecracking, sword-swinging, piloting, plotting, rescuing, screaming, shouting, training, being trained or... meditating. There is a lot going on in this 2.5 hour extravaganza and it's all fun. At times, it can be incredibly moving. One moment that could…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★★

    The closest thing you'll get to a spoiler here is that BB-8 sounds nothing like the Spheero toy. Still very cute, though. Okay, there. How's the movie?

    As a film critic at this time of year, I am watching tons of award screeners, many of which are incredibly depressing (even if they're great, they're mostly downers). Watching The Force Awakens yesterday, I felt like I was transported back to 1977, when moviegoers were finally treated to something incredibly fun and…