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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Umm, guys... this is kinda good. Is it silly? Yes. A little contrived? Definitely. But is it a step in the right direction for the feminine flipside of Hollywood romance? I believe so.

    I quite admire its devotion to the emotional reality of its central relationship without missing the surface-level appeal of its source material. This franchise is all about aesthetics: the neckties, the steely settings, the obvious pop music layered over cathartic sequences, the way Christian's hands move across…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★

    Mean girls.

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    Deadpool 2 is such a hodgepodge of inspiration that any semblance of plot is almost irrelevant, but for a Deadpool movie, such is hardly a criticism. These films are first and foremost about the appeal of its loud-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking antihero, who once again walks away with the entire movie. Reynolds’ passion and commitment to the character is the sole reason why this franchise works, and it’s hard not laugh along even as his character succumbs to the very tropes he lampoons. Drama undercuts comedy, and comedy undercuts drama, but it’s all worth it for Reynolds’ ceaseless charm.

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