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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Up front: I know the people who made this movie, so I'm not a disinterested observer. That said, if I didn't like the movie you just would never hear me talk about it. 

    THE BIG SICK is an incredible movie. It's a romcom that works even if you don't like romcoms. It's always funny first, but it never loses sight of heart. It's the kind of movie that will have you crying and then laughing and then crying again, but…

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    ★★½

    I was trying to describe to someone, as factually as possible, a scene in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, and I realized that no matter how toned down I was, every word out of my mouth made me sound like I had a traumatic brain injury.

    “And then, after the Transformer that is a WWII sub that has been sitting in a British Naval museum for decades launches and attacks US Navy subs, Cogman the steampunk British butler Transformer murderbot launches…

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Movies are alchemy. I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times before I’m gone, but it’s the truth of the cinema: a magical, hard to harness process can turn a strip of film into something far more precious and meaningful.

    Watch WONDER WOMAN with distant, unengaged eyes and you might see the seams, the places where reshoots came in or where the story is papered over in order to keep moving along to the next…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    The original ALIEN, almost 40 years old now, was revolutionary for its blue collar aesthetic. It was the story of space truckers, working men and women, and it was in a genre that until then had only envisioned space as a place for the military and scientists. In ALIEN the future had jobs for real working people… who would be killed off one by one in proto-slasher style.

    In the original ALIEN the real bad guy was the company, sending…