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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★½

    Deeply misguided; comes across as a weak writer and director having bitten off way more than they could chew. Fourth wall breaks, faux-documentary interviews (all really badly done) and endless anachronistic needle-drops try to patch over a staggering misunderstanding of the subject.

    Robbie is great! She plays “Tonya Harding”, but this character doesn’t resemble a real person at all. It both excuses Harding of any wrongdoing in her famous fiascoes AND fails to render her as any kind of sympathetic,…

  • Alone in the Dark

    Alone in the Dark

    Despite Martin Landau, Jack Palance and Donald Pleasance all playing unhinged psychos, this sort-of slasher is almost heroically dull. Meandering with a total nonsense script and a deeply unlikeable main character. Some '80s horror is unheralded for a reason.

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  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★

    An immaculate slice of '70s coming-of-age from film's most accomplished nostalgist. It's heightened and more than a little idealized, but mostly just funny and true.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★½

    For as much time as it spends on obscure comics references and grandiose stabs at defining an 80-year old character, I am not convinced that the writers of this movie understand Batman at all. Combine the fundamentally flawed premise of tackling what The Caped Crusader "means" in this format with the most intolerable excesses of modern animated kids movies and you get a big miss for adult Bat-fans. Oh, and let's not forget the absolute worst depiction of the Joker ever put to film. At least Zach Galafianakis rendered Jared Leto's reign mercifully short in that category.