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  • 3 from Hell

    3 from Hell

    ★★

    Returning to the material which produced The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie resurrects his most cherished characters in 3 From Hell—and in reanimating them, undoes nearly everything the prior film accomplished. Opening with a strong expository prologue filmed in the manner of late 80s tabloid-TV, 3 From Hell instructs us that the villains killed off in that earlier film, Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley), and Captain Spaulding (the late Sid Haig), actually survived their hilariously overdone death…

  • The Hottest August

    The Hottest August

    ★★★

    Produced in New York City circa August 2017, the film moves back and forth between wordless cityscape images and direct-to-camera interview segments, looking to capture the perspective of both residents and the literal physical locations as they all experience a kind of trauma (and while the title suggests that said trauma is climate-related, many of the interviewees would and in some cases really do beg to differ, resulting in a film where the participants seem to argue with one another…

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  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq

    ★★★★

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.

  • Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    ★★

    Telling moment here where Ansari involves a member of the audience by asking the guy to say a word that evokes a racial slur, and it seems rather clear the guy's not going to say it, but Ansari completes the bit as if he was about to anyway, not so much because there's greater meaning to be found in doing so but more because that's the only direction the bit can take which allows Ansari to frame himself as a…