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  • Set It Up

    Set It Up

    ★★

    Look, rom-com cliches are fine by me, but let’s try constructing characters who bear some relation to human beings on Planet Earth, huh? Or making them remotely charming. Or make it actually funny. Or don’t make one half of the couple you’re trying to set up an actual psychopath. Or— 

    Okay, I’ll say this for it: it’s beautifully lit and the cast give it a red hot go. And Titus Burgess’ cameo is funny, even though (like everyone else) he’s playing a construct from a comedy sketch.

  • Ideal Home

    Ideal Home

    ★★½

    Rudd is pretty wonderful in this, while Coogan is fun if a bit too outsized, but watching them play a combative but loving couple is definitely the reason to catch this well-intentioned, but too often broad and sitcom-level comedy. 

    It rolls along agreeably, if sometimes groan-inducingly, through various ridiculous complications and rote confrontations toward its happy ending, but it’s not without its amusing moments or the odd deeply felt observation — just wish there were more. When your film’s most…

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  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★

    Strikingly shot, strongly acted, but endless, near-comically absurd survival/revenge drama feels puffed up on its own faux-significance.