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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★½

    It's no small miracle that M. Night Shyamalan has made an even halfway decent movie again after a decade-plus of naval gazing, and on that front I have to give SPLIT a lot of credit; this was the first time I saw flashes of the director who captured everyone's attention years ago before blowing it in spectacular fashion. Back was his ability to construct tension, play with expectation, and give actors room to go as big or as quiet as…

  • The Founder

    The Founder

    ★★★½

    Well written, well acted, pedestrianally directed pseudo-satire that has a lot of parallels with our current climate and the tragedy of a small business getting shafted by a scuzzy raider who only wants to glorify himself. Unfortunately, everyone involved knows Ray Kroc is the villain of this story EXCEPT, it seems, its director, who plots out scenes with such milquetoast blandness that the bite in the script is dulled. Not a bad film by any stretch, but disappointing all the same.

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street

    ★★★½

    A surprisingly fun and entertaining revamp of the cheesy 80s TV show. Jonah Hill manages to break out of his normal schtick and plays a character here, not the typical vulgar improv-a-thon he's usually seen as. The biggest surprise, however, is Channing Tatum, who proves to be useful for the first time ever. Buried under all the cardboard glowering and dimensionless machismo is a goofy guy with terrific comedic timing. Who saw that coming?

  • 50/50

    50/50

    ★★★★½

    JGL is just incredible in this. Oscars, you're so freaking boring for ignoring this.

  • Silver Streak

    Silver Streak

    ★★★½

    Anyone else miss Gene Wilder? He's said in interviews that he'd like to return to film, but that no one's sent him any worthwhile scripts. Hey, Hollywood, GET ON THAT. This is probably him at his most affable, charming self. He and Pryor had such great chemistry together.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    Fellowship may be the best one, Return of the King won all the accolades, but for me, Two Towers has more emotional highs. Still think the Ents are the best part of all the whole saga.