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  • Metropolis



    Magnificent silent sci-if classic, overflowing with a surplus of visionary energy. Lang’s flair for big, dramatic and imaginative visuals does more than compensate for the usual shortcomings and occasional silliness of silent narratives. This is the first time I’ve seen a near-complete version of Metropolis, having previously watched the short electronic pop-scored Giorgio Moroder edit in the 1980s and who knows what version a few years later in college. Lang establishes many tropes familiar to modern sci-fi movies — particularly the cold dominance of corporations and exploitation of human labor — but Metropolis somehow preserves their newness despite nearly a century of knock-offs.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


    I think I’ve figured out the surprising success of — and the accompanying surplus of hype surrounding — this new soft reboot of a middling fantasy comedy franchise from two decades ago: we are so used to big action blockbusters going awry in fundamental and head-shaking ways, that simply not failing has become mistaken for quality. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is fun, setting extremely easy targets and hitting each of hem squarely. It’s a movie of no ambition whatsoever…

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  • Birdman



    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.

  • Krampus



    After hearing and reading in review after review that Krampus was a fun '80s-ish horror romp not unlike Gremlins, I was not expecting something this unremittingly dark and bleak. Still, I far prefer Daugherty's eclectic and unnerving brand of visual creepiness to the canned horror of James Wan and Blumhouse, and Krampus serves up a quality parade of Christmassy ghoulishness. It just isn't an experience you're likely to be smiling about afterward, and at several points I questioned my choice to invite my 12-year-old daughter to watch it with me. And she's been watching Gremlins since she was six.