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  • Collide

    Collide

    ★½

    Sir Ben Kingsley has never been shy about hamming it up in low-rent garbage (check out 2015’s “Self / Less” to watch him dye his skin orange and play a bald-headed version of Trump), but his latest performance takes things to another level entirely. The kind of low-rent action movie that only exists because everybody involved knew that nobody in the Western world would ever see it, Eran Creevy’s “Collide” stars Nicholas Hoult as a reformed car thief and Felicity…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    [whispers: i wrote a defense of LA LA LAND]

    As a 32-year-old guy who *isn’t* about to win the Oscar for Best Director, its my God-given right to hate Damien Chazelle, and there’s not an openly fascistic executive order in the world that can take that away from me. But, as of late, the infuriatingly accomplished “La La Land” mastermind has been making it very difficult for me to do so. As if it weren’t frustrating enough that his sensational,…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    probably as close as I'll ever come to knowing what it feels like to find Jesus.

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    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Jacques Demy for the digital age... walks the uneasy bridge between romance and reality almost as nimbly as Singin' in the Rain did the one between silent films and talkies.

    i think this is a more difficult — and more rewarding — film than some people are expecting, or will be interested in seeing. the way it disintegrates from the technicolor to the quotidian, from a romance about movies to a movie about romance... it's a bold move, executed to…