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  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★½

    There is really no reason for this movie to exist, but the performances are pretty fun.

    Also why is every new actor these days some other actor’s kid. Hollywood has always been nepotistic but it feels especially out of control lately.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Aesthetically rich but morally bankrupt. It is such a great movie on the surface level — wonderful performances from Phoenix but especially De Niro, beautiful cinematography, a tremendous score — but it has all the depth of a puddle. It has the look and feel of an Important Movie, and so badly wants you to believe that it has Something To Say about The Current Moment. It absolutely does not. The movie is just hollow enough to reflect back whatever…

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  • The Purge: Election Year

    The Purge: Election Year

    ★★★

    Frank Grillo would have been the biggest star of the VHS era. Bring back video stores so clerks can recommend Frank Grillo movies to cool customers.

    This movie takes the bold political stance that a working class coalition can mobilize against being killed for sport by the rich ruling elites, and win. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3

    ★★★★½

    A flawed film if you get into the specifics (Buzz is reduced to out-of-character shenanigans for the entire film, which is disappointing if this is a last hurrah). But it's more than the sum of its parts. The feelings (mostly nostalgia) that it inspires in the viewer lift it above its trappings. Enough time has passed between the original and now that the characters have become what before they could only represent: classic toys. A surprisingly dark film, but also hilariously funny.