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  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    ★★½

    Of course Transformers: The Last Knight is mostly incoherent. This is a series, after all, premised upon the silly and the illogical, the noisy and the visually sludgy. Within those limited and limiting criteria, though, there is some fun to be had in the action sequences (which are probably the best conceived by director Michael Bay in his history with the series) and in those scenes that concern the Grave Significance of this particular MacGuffin (The way the screenplay by…

  • Collide

    Collide

    ★★½

    Collide offers a lot of over-the-top action sequences as its form of diverting fun, which works as far as F. Scott Frazier and director Eran Creevy's screenplay will allow it. Unfortunately, much of that screenplay is focused on a rambling and generic plot that doesn't deserve the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley. The two Oscar-winners play rival drug lords, although Hopkins's Hagen Kahl is the primary antagonist here. The actor chews the inane dialogue like only the man…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    There is no getting around the occasional, oft-used phrase, and "Whiplash" calls for it: This film is note-perfect. The trailers and advertisements, irrelevant in the long run to anything but marketing, have sold it short as a sort of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" for the Juilliard set, but while it comes very close to equaling that by-now-underappreciated gem's power, the film ultimately plays in much more complex areas than simply a "...from Hell"-type thriller (You know…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap, the second viewing of this left me reeling. Completely underestimated it the first time. Masterpiece.