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  • The Long Goodbye
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Taxi Driver
  • Disco Godfather

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  • Kinky Boots

    ★★★★

  • 1776

    ★★★½

  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★★

  • Poltergeist

    ★★★★★

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  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

    Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind

    ★★

    Taken within the career of its director, “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” is somewhat inexplicable; the only real connective tissue here is the Coens’ occasional collaborator T-Bone Burnett, credited as producer (alongside Mick Jagger and Steve Bing, among others), who brought Coen in. It sounds, on its face, like the kind of thing Martin Scorsese tosses off between narrative features, but his music documentaries actually have weight, depth, and insight. Running under 80 minutes, this one plays more like…

  • Beverly Hills Cop II

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    ★★★½

    Tony Scott’s flashy sequel to Martin Brest’s 1984 Eddie Murphy vehicle can’t recapture that film’s unique and effective blend of gut-busting comedy and glass-smashing action, and thus suffers in comparison. But revisited on its own terms (in this top-shelf 4K version), it plays well; the camaraderie between Murphy and returning co-stars Judge Reinhold and John Ashton is palpable, the set pieces are well-executed, and the script is surprisingly smart – it’s best to think of this as less a “Cop”-level action/comedy than another installment of the Axel Foley Mysteries. Gilbert Gottfried and Chris Rock pop up in early roles, and steal their scenes with ease.

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    Wait, this one’s actually pretty good, what the fuck

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    “Don’t Look Up” fails miserably as satire because satire requires some degree of comic exaggeration and ironic incongruity. However, the response to the existential threat of COVID was impossible to satirize because no fiction could be more ghastly and ridiculous than our reality. And everyone in McKay’s film acts exactly as we expect them to, from the second they appear onscreen, so every single target is hit in the most obvious, broad, predictable manner possible. It doesn’t have anything meaningful to say about the human condition because there aren’t any humans in it – just caricatures.

    FULL REVIEW: theplaylist.net/dont-look-up-review-a-smug-glib-miscalculation-from-adam-mckay-20211207/