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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Anger and invention. A little pokey most of the way, but always rich. Close to Not Optional, but it kinda went flat for me when the mayhem broke out.

    63

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★★

    This was not good. But it did not disappoint.

    A baller status cashing in of chits by Verbinski. An unmarketable freak show, the most unlikely and off-putting studio film since THE COUNSELOR. If only it weren't so boring. It's 17 hours long and filled with air. Kept thinking how Park Chan Wook would have burned through this material in about 40 minutes (vs. Verbinski's punishing 146). Like any true fiasco, though, it made me smile a bunch -- when I wasn't gagging.

    For a select group, this is Not Optional. You know who you are.

    54

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    A magnum opus. A heavy metal WAGES OF FEAR. I was not let down even one little bit. Miraculous.

    The insta-reactions:

    Was so worried what would happen if FURY ROAD didn't meet my expectations, I didn't stop to think what would happen if it did. AAAAAAAAAHHH!

    FURY ROAD reveals what we thought were the impressive large scale action films of the last 20 years to have actually been total chickenshit.

    George Miller to James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, all of Marvel and others: "You're not metal."

    85

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★½

    HELL OR HIGH WATER: At Cannes, the hard, pipe-hittin' Walter Hill type shit is to be regarded in un certain fashion. Palate cleanser.

    65