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  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    Sean described this film as "staggering."

    No, not in the "astonishing" or "overwhelming" sense; more of the "move unsteadily, as if about to fall" sense. And I think he's right, though I don't think of that entirely as a criticism. I attribute that to the fact that it's a quintessentially American genre that profoundly influences non-American directors in ways that we (as Americans) don't quite anticipate. As a result, it adds a sense of unpredictability to a genre that prides…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My reactions were similar this time around as the first time: Wright is the absolute Master of Transitions. It's a trifle too long, perhaps, and some of the violence and language can feel a bit much (especially in mixed audiences). But it's an incredibly confident film. It's beautifully designed and shot and written. And while I'm not at all sure it's got much to say, I certainly do love listening to it talk.

    An interesting difference this time through (suggested…

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  • Brick

    Brick

    I enjoyed The Last Jedi more than most; a lot more, in fact, if my quick scan of social media when it was released gave me an accurate reading of the temperature.

    That being said, Rian Johnson is not a blockbuster director. He's a funny, smart, rapid-fire, genre-loving-and-reinventing indie director, and nothing makes that as abundantly clear as this, his directorial debut. Brilliant stuff, but not for reasons that make me think he could work some tent-pole magic with a…

  • Men in Black

    Men in Black

    Have a definite nostalgic soft spot for this one, so Sarah and I showed it to the three eldest boys a few nights ago. It holds up really well, actually. Not a great film (by any means), but features some great moments, and is carried triumphantly along by a really great chemistry between Smith and Jones. Neither is straying terribly far from their "inertial" characters, but the equation produces something a good bit more enjoyable than either would do on…