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  • Tone-Deaf

    Tone-Deaf

    ★★★

    “Tone-Deaf” is one of those indie horror-comedies that works well sometimes, but just doesn’t really come together in the end (like “Housebound” or “We Are Still Here”). The main reason to watch this is Robert Patrick’s integral lead performance: The veteran genre stalwart is completely in his element here as an aging boomer slipping into psychosis who decides to act on his resentment for millenials, and he seems to be relishing every minute of it. Unfortunately, co-lead Amanda Crew is…

  • The Last Word

    The Last Word

    ★★½

    “The Last Word” is one of those indie comedy-dramas that unfolds quietly over 100 minutes, and by the time it’s over, you wonder why anyone even bothered to make it in the first place. First off, leading man Wes Bentley is miscast as a writer of suicide notes: His occupation is creepy and off-putting which makes it hard to get the audience on his side, and Bentley’s charmless, somnambulant performance never finds a consistent tone. As his romantic interest (and…

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  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★★½

    I hate to admit but I’ve had a cultural blind spot when it comes to Tim Burton’s “Batman.” I saw it as a child several times and thought it was pretty good, but I was much more interested in “Batman Returns” (hello, Catwoman)… Now as an adult, I saw it for the first time in decades and I was absolutely blown away by it: It’s easily one of the most distinctive, stylized and perfectly constructed mainstream blockbusters I’ve ever seen.…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

    For my generation, Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” carries the weight of a once-in-a-lifetime movie event. I haven’t read the Michael Crichton source novel, but in Spielberg’s steady hands, Crichton’s narrative is converted into first-rate cinematic entertainment: The characters are likable, the screenplay is efficient and economical, and the score is the kind of deliriously, unmistakably Spielbergian flourish that stamps the movie with a distinct sonic identity. Additionally, the cast is a veritable cornucopia of dependable character actors who each make…