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  • Albüm

    Albüm

    ★★★½

    67/100

    Spent much of this pleasantly bewildered, as I was unaware that there's a huge stigma associated with adoption in Turkey, and thus had no clue what the hell was going on. Might have been a "problem" (to be solved by post-screening research) were the film strictly naturalistic, but Mertoglu's sensibility is so casually* absurdist that it's easy to just roll with what initially seems, at least to a clueless American, like inexplicable behavior. Albüm is too grim overall to…

  • Two Girls and a Guy

    Two Girls and a Guy

    ★★½

    42/100

    Didn't much like this in '98, when it was originally released, and I like it even less now—perhaps because I know more about Toback's personal life, and can see what a wish-fulfillment fantasy it represents for him. Lip service gets paid to Blake's bad behavior, but his artistic soul and his troubled personal life (a dying mom!) are both cited as mitigating factors, and the women's righteous anger speedily gives way to one of them fucking him while the…

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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★

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

    40/100

    Fuck, the Hunger Games are back. In a war.

    "Sir, the rebels are approaching. What should we do?"

    "Trap them in a courtyard and flood it with lethal oil."

    "What if they run to higher ground? Do we have enough murder oil to ensure that they're all killed no matter what?"

    "No no, let's give them a sporting chance. If they elude our oil for a minute or so, we'll let it recede and they can just continue toward…

  • 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…