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  • This Is the End

    This Is the End

    ★★

    A few funny jokes and cool creature designs scattered through make it watchable, but overall it’s a slack, overlong cash-in that lacks substance or unique character.

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★

    A relatively assured directorial effort from James Franco, delivering a compelling and engaging portrait of an immensely peculiar and captivating man. The original music doesn’t seem to match the emotion of the scenes, and one is never quite convinced Dave Franco was the best choice for the role of Greg. But this is a fun and occasionally dark look into the life of someone everyone’s clamouring to see more of, and it’s relatively well made, so it’s worth it for that.

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  • 127 Hours

    127 Hours

    ★★★★★

    A superlative exercise in filmmaking craft from an absolute master, brisk and light but simultaneously laced with depth and culminating in one of the most intense and cathartic third acts of all time. Franco is phenomenal in this role, and everything else, from the music to the photography, is top-notch. The only ding against it is a couple of unconvincing VFX shots and a handful of shots where the digital photography is distractingly low-quality. Also, one almost wants the movie…

  • Black Mirror: Black Museum

    Black Mirror: Black Museum

    ★★★

    A mixed bag - exceptionally executed, as usual, and exploring darkness rarely seen in pop media. But it’s a bit scattershot and fragmented, and arguably takes the darkness a step or two too far to be satisfying. A pretty average cap to a mostly average season (for Black Mirror).