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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★½

    Thought this was an improvement over the original, considerably for two aspects: dropping the meathead rock songs for action scenes for an actual film score and the use of locations. That whole final section in the museum is one shot after another that's alive.

    I think Reeves has improved in the title role. The stunt work is even more impressive this time around. I love the attention to world-building. The sequence that shows how a contract is put out made…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    I wish the coming of age movies I had when I was younger were as smart and observed as this. Greta Gerwig's screenplay and direction is often thoughtful and heartfelt that even the most abrasive characters you come away with an understanding of why they act that way.

    And, of course, once again, Saoirse Ronan shows she's one of the best actresses around today being able to carry the emotional weight of this film as she did in "Brooklyn" two years ago.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Seen on 70mm at the Ziegfeld Theater.

    For about 2/3rds of the running time, I was seriously considering the notion that this could be Nolan's best film.

    And then Matt Damon showed up and that last hour becomes an over-written, over-plotted mess, where certain characters become antagonists for no particularly worthwhile reason. Somebody needs to get Christopher Nolan to some screenwriting rehab that will rid him of his addiction to unnecessary plot twists.

    What's frustrating about this is that Nolan…

  • Listen Up Philip

    Listen Up Philip

    ★½

    When the narrator's final summation of what a miserable asshole Philip is closes the film, the first thing I thought to myself was, "Yeah, I got this about two minutes into this movie." So, what else does this offer than pounding the same notes of asshole-dom and insufferability over and over again? I have no idea.

    Maybe, there was a time when I would have patience for this film, but, perhaps, the last couple of decades of independent film, where…