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  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★

    Even more ridiculous than the previous ones, and tonally a bit of a mess, but very enjoyable if you have the right amount of buzz. The Rock and Statham make a great team... but Jason Statham and that incredibly adorable baby are an even better one. Charlize Theron seems lost, but Helen Mirren and Kurt Russell seem to be having a blast.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    It's a pity that this time Wright decided to just honor a genre, instead of slightly subverting it - it gets tiresome in this day and age to watch a movie in which "the girl" is very much "the girl", with the only other notable female characters being an oversexed Latina and a deified dead (abused) mom.

    But it's damn hard to mind when the movie is so propulsive and fun, with every action beat timed perfectly to the music.…

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  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

    ★★

    Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are clever guys. The problem is that they never seem quite satisfied with their own cleverness, so they have to keep pushing it farther and farther, well into the realm of ridiculousness.

    Would it really be so tough to just give us a strong mystery, flavored by the banter between Sherlock and Watson? The conceit of the mind palace has been expanded to be pure magic/nonsense at his point. Why not leave it behind and…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely gorgeous, impressionistic and well-observed.

    The advantage of having such a taciturn, withdrawn main character is that it gives the actors around them a lot to do. Kind of an immovable object/unstoppable force sort of thing. I heard plaudits for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali - and they are very well-deserved, especially for the latter - but I was surprised that André Holland didn't get more acclaim. The final sequence is a masterpiece, a hesitant push-and-pull in which nobody wants…