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  • American Made

    American Made

    ★★★½

    67/100

    Not sure whether Cruise allowed himself to be less protected here than usual, but this is the first movie I remember in which he always clearly looks 5'8". Perhaps not coincidentally, he gives his loosest, most relaxed performance in ages, spearheading a counterintuitive Good Time Charlie vibe that in no way foreshadows Seal's real-life fate. Rhythm is correspondingly improvisatory; Liman has editor Andrew Mondshein (a sedate pro most closely associated with Lasse Hallström) essentially do a Stephen Mirrione impression,…

  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    ★★★

    57/100

    Give Baumbach credit for self-awareness: He does put the words "Jean's story" in parentheses, acknowledging that she's being marginalized. And I'm not someone who favors a long moratorium on films about white dudes and their petty grievances, or who insists that such films make equal time for other voices. But there's still something maddening about creating a family with three children, focusing almost entirely on the two men, and defining the woman by a monologue about her childhood experience…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…