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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★

    With a better writer, director, and supporting cast, and maybe half the runtime, this could have been good, though, as one of my coworkers told me, all that matters in art is “the message.” I suppose that accounts for this film’s hyperbolic praise.

  • The Canyons

    The Canyons

    ★★★½

    Dyspeptic and sleazy and often as thick-headed as the selfish, solipsistic assholes around which its languid narrative unfurls, Paul Schrader’s The Canyons presents an unprecedented and unmitigated perspective on Hollywood’s toxic affluence, as judgmental as it is enamored of the iniquitous lives it depicts. It is a mess, certainly, but a fascinating, sometimes brilliant one, and necessary—a bizarre coalescence of influences and talents representative of and germane to the obsessions of its progenitors. Directed by Schrader and written by Bret…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    If this is what passes for satire in 2016, I hope we all die really soon.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    More tk at Mubi but this is an achingly beauteous and painful portrait of a complicated, toxic co-dependent relationship. Empathetic without veering into saccharine, it has flawed, yearning, damaged, flesh-and-blood characters (though no one acts or talks like people; the film adheres to a weird but consistent internal logic) that, while retaining the self-destructive and selfish tendencies of PTA’s other characters, feel more complicated, worth caring about instead of just watching them destroy themselves. Anderson, who has in the past…