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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    The obligation to pay moral respect to truthfulness means bouncing between chest-bumping slo-mo and ashen faces facing down certain death. It's an elusive wavelength, and I'm not sure it quite nails that split. But the performances make this, primarily Beale's Beria because he doesn't get to go for laughs.

  • MacGruber

    MacGruber

    First R-rated movie I legally saw as a 17-year-old. Seen it a billion times since. Jorma Taccone and co.'s facsimile of generic action movies, while occasionally boring, is vital to the comedy working as well as it does. And their masterstroke is burying the lede of MacGruber being an absolutely repugnant piece of shit.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    I'm not gonna pretend like I watched the movie, so this will not be a review proper. I had a free pass and was down to go, but succumbed to the rumbly in my tumbly something fierce about 45 minutes in and life's too short to watch the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie while famished. So, I promptly ducked out to McDonald's and randomly decided on a Big Mac — an iconic fast food staple that has somehow eluded…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    The title cuts three ways. First, it's obviously an ironic joke about the viewer's experience. While undoubtedly invigorating, it's nobody's idea of a "good time". But more importantly, the Safdies explain in a bonus feature it's a term that describes the parole a prisoner earns for good behavior. Good behavior begets "good time". It's here where the film poignantly earns its name: many recent parolees, like Buddy Duress' Ray, have little to return to. Ray finds himself in hot water…