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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight


    The story is okay.
    The intermittent narration is weird.
    Channing Tatum is a bit of a distraction.
    Demián Bichir is good.
    Walton Goggins is very good.
    Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson are close to great.
    The photography is excellent.
    The 70mm presentation is gorgeous.

    But the true star of this show is Ennio Morricone's score. The score is fucking fantastic. Most everything else is just window dressing.

  • Ant-Man



    A reasonably solid first act gives way to second & third acts which are predictable, rushed, and unnecessarily sappy. Mercifully, those latter acts contain a handful of genuinely clever sight gags.

    My biggest complaint: Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, and Bobby Cannavale's acting chops are almost entirely wasted on these roles.

    Biggest surprise: T.I. is in this movie(!) and his performance isn't too bad.

    [First half of a drive-in double feature (w/MAX).]