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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

    Gets worse with every viewing.

    The surface is shiny enough: attractive people are doing Star Wars things, the spaceships are the same but got groovy new paint jobs, and everything roars and zzzaps with the familiar Ben Burtt sound effects.

    Once you stop being dazzled by effects & nostalgia though, it all falls apart — the writing is sloppy and simply not up to par to the standards George introduced.

    The *writing*!? you might garrumph. Lucas is a terrible writer! And…

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★

    By odd coincidence, I watched this exactly on the 28th anniversary of the events the movie depicts. Dug the colors, the setting, the almost BABY DRIVER-style use of the Neue Deutsche Welle/late 80s soundtrack, and some of the long takes that seemed specifically designed to one-up CHILDREN OF MEN. Already, I can't remember anything about the plot.

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★

    Y'all are nuts.

  • Long Strange Trip

    Long Strange Trip

    ★★★★★

    Loved, loved, loved this.

    A four-hour long doc on the Grateful Dead could've gone terribly wrong, but Amir Bar-Lev pulls off the miracle of telling the band's story in a way that's both a perfect introduction to newcomers (I watched this with non-heads who were genuinely intrigued) and at the same time manages to reveal new layers to hardcore obsessives.

    Someone once described Phil Lesh's bass playing as endlessly surprising & unpredictable — but whenever you needed him to land on…