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  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★★½

    One of the bigger debates out of this is whether or not this film glorifies Ray Kroc - that it makes look too sympathic, or inspirational. My answer is no, with an asterisk. If someone actively wants to take that message, there's enough for people to walk away from that if they deliberately overlook the rest. But I don't think it's about an evil capitalist hiding his true face until he got what he wanted either. Instead The Founder is…

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★

    For the record I'm pretty good with the 'separate the art from the artist' task so Mel Gibson directing this is not an issue in sitting with this, especially since I enjoy several of his other movies.

    The inherent trouble I have is actually Andrew Garfield, who I actively dislike whenever he has been a protagonist. I just can't stand him. No matter how handsome the movie around him, I could never worry about him. Which for me makes Hacksaw…

  • The Contender

    The Contender

    ★★★★½

    How quaint that this once represented modern American politics at it's worst.

  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★★

    It'll make a nice classroom aid, but this is full blown Inspirationtron 5000 filmmaking. It's so schmaltzy and careful in how everyone is presented to be without character shading that it's practically a Disney family drama (that said, even The Mighty Ducks and Cool Runnings allow their characters to have flaws). I can handle those kinds of pics pretty well - there's certainly nothing BAD about this film - but given the hype and awards certainly expected much better.

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite of the Best Picture nominees.

  • Dick

    Dick

    ★★★

    Not good good (so many reaches for "Dick" jokes make my tummy hurt) but it's harmless fun, largely buoyed by a stacked cast of comedy heroes lurking in every corner.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★★

    It's not Miyazaki's best, but for my money, it's the best looking.

  • Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

    Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special

    ★★★★★

    It's all downhill from here for comedy in 2017.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    Not as good as the Lego Movie, and it's frontloaded, but as far as meta superhero movies go, this is lightyears ahead of Deadpool.

  • This Was the XFL

    This Was the XFL

    ★★★½

    A good 30 for 30 documentary, but wish it didn't go from skipping the issues from the launch right to the downfall. Nothing happened in between?

  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    ★★★

    just kinda there.

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★★★½

    You can count on Frears to at least be decent. As for this outing... I'm not sure if the lesson for this film is to not regret following your dreams even if they say you're no good, or that you're betraying loves ones when you enable their garbage. Maybe both.