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  • True Lies

    True Lies

    ★★★½

    All Jim Cameron's movies are dumb, but True Lies is the first one I've seen where its dumbness is an asset rather than a liability. Heston's eye patch. Everything Bill Paxton does. Jamie Lee's dramatic character arc. The scatterbrained nonsense plotting. Arnie as screwball archetype. The climactic nut punch. It's a beautiful film.

    *Props to whoever curates the American Airlines in-flight entertainment system; he/she has a brilliant understanding of what people want to watch when they fly (i.e. almost every…

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    School's out forever.

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★

    Sometimes you eat the CGI bear, sometimes the CGI bear eats you.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★

    I feel like this situation with Chazelle is very akin to the Trump presidency. After all the zealots freaked out about Whiplash we were like "sure, whatever, it's not a seriously good movie but it's fun enough" then when it got nominated for Best Picture it was like "okay... that's kinda weird. I guess people really feel like J.K. Simmons is overdue for his work in those Farmers ads and their enthusiasm just kinda spilled over" and then Whiplash wins…