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  • Heavenly Bodies

    Heavenly Bodies

    ★★

    One of those undeniably corny '80s films that shamelessly rides a trend -- in this case the fitness craze of the era and success of "Flashdance" -- through a glorious collage of montages and dance sequences that defy logic.

    Early on this film establishes just how insane and hack it's going to be -- somewhere around the time the star stares at a "Flashdance" poster and later explains to her child the meaning of the word "orgies." Yeah, this happens…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    If you've scoured the Internet like I have in search for answers on Arrival and come out empty handed -- just give up. As far as I can tell, this isn't a movie that will ever fully make narrative sense, and that's part of its conceit. It's more about intangible ideas than a tangible concept or structure.

    As the storyline forms you quickly learn the film is establishing itself in a non-linear timeline -- perhaps even a circular one like…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★½

    Perhaps the worst final line spoken in any 2016 movie...

  • Joysticks

    Joysticks

    If you're going to say "they don't make movies like they used to," technically you should include films like Joysticks, for better or worse. It was a different era back in 1983 as video games were coming into the mainstream and it was still acceptable to show a close-up shot of women's breasts for no particular reason.

    That's where the appeal of Joysticks comes in, because otherwise it's a pretty dumb movie and a standard sex comedy. But the cast…