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  • Where's the Money, Ronnie?

    Where's the Money, Ronnie?

    [Apologies to casual followers and people who actually look up Shane Meadows' short during the brief window when this'll be up. Nothing for you here. This is just the best way for me to reach those who'll care.]

    This is not in fact a review of the short film "Where's the Money Ronnie!" (which actually ends with an exclamation point, not a question mark), though I saw it over 20 years ago and recall it being quite funny. Rather, it's…

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  • Submarino

    Submarino

    ★★½

    43/100

    [tweet from 2011]

    Tedious pity-the-victims miserabilism. Fuck you, Film Comment Inexplicably Selects, for giving me hope.

  • Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids

    ★★½

    47/100

    [originally written for Las Vegas Weekly]

    American comedy’s bizarre obsession with the man-child continues in Cedar Rapids. In the latest iteration, The Office’s Ed Helms plays Tim Lippe, a terminally naive small-town insurance salesman who’s sent to attend a conference in the titular “big city” after the scheduled speaker dies of autoerotic asphyxia. (That’s the kind of detail this movie considers to be inherently hilarious; no actual jokes about it are even attempted.) Bunking in a hotel room with…

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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…