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  • Eureka

    Eureka

    ★★★½

    The first 20 minutes are so represent some of the most rapturous filmmaking of the 1980s, from its savage, literally cold open to its explosions of despairing violence and euphoric discovery. Blood splatter and gold dust linked in phantasmagoric (-gory?) frames of artificial stars shimmering in miniature galaxies. A face disfigured and collapsed by a suicidal gunshot, and the protagonist reduced to wordless joy by the ecstasy of gold.

    The abrupt leap forward, from nightmarish but rewarding adventure to a…

  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    ★★★★

    I don't really walk away from this with the feeling that Michael and Kimmy will last, but in every other respect I was surprised and delighted by this film. It has a specificity of observation that's lacking in too many romcoms. The care it takes in observing each character's anxieties: Julianne of wanting to blurt out her love to a friend who's moving on, Tammy of being young and insecure with her lack of experience, Michael of feeling inadequate to…

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  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ½

    It's easy, if one only ever has to suffer a few times a year the no-budget, no-talent indies dumped on one-week NY runs and burned onto screener discs, to have a charmed view of what constitutes a bad film. Truth be told, with the number of films produced domestically exploding in recent years thanks to mass proliferation of acceptable-quality, cheap DV, it's a good bet that the vast majority of American movies made each year now consist of films made…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ½

    Absolute drivel from one of the worst in the game. Witless comedy, overstuffed but pedestrian action, and dead-end satire that, like its predecessor, steers away from a potentially fun catastrophe of neoliberal villainy in favor of pointless parody. Oh, and Channing is basically a cameo in this, in case he was influencing you to go. Can't believe mother! got topped for grotesque misogyny only 24 hours after I saw it.