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  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★★★½

    If you want to feel old, watch a heavily made-up Keanu Reeves act confused and disconnected in a film that should feature him in the top three (top five? top seven?) rated by star power and screen presence.

    But: his sleepwalking leaves ample room for Bill and Ted's daughters, whose high-energy warped impressions of their fathers gives "Music" more than half of its momentum. And Alex Winter, underappreciated his entire career, more than makes up for his near-absent costar. Schaal…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    Given that I am probably in the top 10 worldwide Synechdoche fans and have been a wild cheerleader for Kaufman's career, I was very excited to sit down for this. Since my family was universally negative on watching it, I went in solo, and they may have done me a favor.

    It does a lot - crammed full of ideas, not all of which resonated on first watch. I need to put it on again to steep more in what…

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  • Better Off Dead...

    Better Off Dead...

    ★★★

    My wife told me this was a classic, but then confessed that she "probably hadn't seen it all the way through" which is annoying because she's been saying "I want my two dollars" to me for 22 years.

    This is a pretty insubstantial teen comedy, fairly gentle compared to other genre films. John Cusack is plenty cute and charming, and his romantic interest steals a few scenes, but everyone else ranges from "unpleasant" to "abhorrent" and so it's unfortunate that…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    This, for me, was a frustrating lesson in admiring a film without really liking it. There are some hugely fascinating ideas in the movie, but they don't do nearly enough to offset how bored and insulted I felt during the rest of the runtime. There are, likewise, a couple of really dazzling setpieces, but I had difficulty reconciling that with some other awfully cheap-looking aesthetic touches. This film is going for something really ambitious, but the end result is sort…