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  • Elvis

    ★★½

  • Slap Shot

    ★★★½

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★

  • Flux Gourmet

    ★★★

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★½

    43/100

    Had planned to see this anyway, even though I generally dislike biopics and Luhrmann's hyperactivity isn't my thing, so was overjoyed when Dad unexpectedly chose it as his birthday movie. (I'd already resigned myself to sitting through Minions: The Rise of Gru, as he loves those little yellow fuckers. Was saved because this year he also invited some other folks and didn't want to subject them to kiddie stuff. Whereas I think he kinda delights in forcing his son…

  • Slap Shot

    Slap Shot

    ★★★½

    70/100

    Always assumed this to be a conventional underdog sports movie, hockey's equivalent of something like The Natural or Any Given Sunday. Also somehow got the impression—maybe just via temporal proximity; they came out two years apart—that its depiction of gratuitous violence on the rink approaches Rollerball levels. As it turns out: element of truth to the latter, practically none to the former. 

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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 generally…

  • 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…