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  • Trolls

    Trolls

    ★★★

    The plot and themes of TROLLS are as old and well-worn as my black Converse. And yet, the film is still quite enjoyable thanks to its zippy humour, fun musical numbers and stellar voice cast. It's a lot of fun, with some pretty trippy visuals to boot. Plus my kid loved it and was excited to tell me what was coming next, so that's something.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★½

    Like SICARIO and PRISONERS, this Villeneuve also left me cold. Not sure why I find his style so impenetrable. ARRIVAL works for me intellectually, and I was all ready to let it tug my heartstrings (those early scenes are effective in their Malick-ness). I'm not sure what it is, maybe the screenplay's tight construction or that the film feels the need to pull even harder. Maybe I'll enjoy it more on repeat viewings.

    Adams is really great.

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    "We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be alright."

    Watched the Criterion with a couple friends (party animals, us). Hard to look at this film objectively these days, on account of it being so integral in developing my taste when I was a teen. It was this and Penn's NIGHT MOVES (ah, NIGHT MOVES) that really sunk in, obsessively watched on poor quality VHS. This film is still so great. Altman's narratives are so loose and lived-in,…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★

    Confused as it is ambitious, (the terribly-titled) BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is such a jam-packed mixed grab bag of ideas and images I find it hard not love on that level alone. True, there are huge lapses in logic, leaps to ridiculous conclusions and at least one groan-inducing plot point that would otherwise sink a film that didn't look this good. Say what you will about Snyder, he's a mythic image-maker. Yeah, it makes no sense for Superman…