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  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★½

    Absolutely threadbare script with atrocious dialogue and barely any excitement or substance, that largely seems like an excuse for a HFR and de-aging tech demo, but neither truly convince. Aside from scenes in water, HFR makes everything feel less realistic, giving everything a fluidity that has neither the grace or weight of conventional film and looks like video to a cheapening effect (although it does aid the 3D slightly). The CGI "Junior" is impressive to a certain extent, but you…

  • What They Had

    What They Had

    ★★★

    Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon to try to take care of their dementia-stricken mother Blythe Danner, even if their father Robert Forster refuses, in this low-key indie drama. Beautifully acted by the entire cast, but feels familiar for dramas about the subject, which is to say that it is bittersweet but very depressing and only periodically reaching authenticity. While the situation is making the family re-evaluate their lives - Swank in particular, given her unhappy marriage to a dull Josh…

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  • Venom

    Venom

    ★½

    I was entertained by Venom for what I suspect are all the wrong reasons, because this is a fascinating trainwreck. After a rather tedious first act, once Hardy is infected by the titular creature, the movie itself mutates into an absolute laugh riot; it becomes almost like a surreal buddy movie, as the usually intense actor flails and mugs with such ferocity that it is almost impossible to take him seriously, bypassing horror straight into goofiness. The script is both…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    ★½

    "It's clobbering time" is something Ben Grimm's abusive brother used to say before he slapped him about.

    I'm sure comic book fans will *love* that...

    Full video review here.