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  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★

    This was very good, but it could have been great if it focused more on what makes The Room interesting and less on what makes it funny. Tommy Wiseau is a walking, talking caricature, yes, but he's also inherently pitiable, and I wish the movie would've tried to mine more pathos out of him rather than going for the (admittedly big) laughs. That he thinks the events of The Room are normal "human behavior" is way more interesting than how…

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    ★★★★

    Have to question why Jean wasn't given nearly as much screentime as either Sandler's or Stiller's characters, given that she's far more interesting than either of them (especially Stiller). That said, man, Sandler can act when he wants to. Love him in this surprisingly buoyant (for Baumbach) film. Could watch funny/sad movies about bickering NYC families all winter long.

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  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★½

    A *vast* improvement over Into Darkness. Where Into Darkness was overly serious and too-densely plotted, Beyond is good, zippy fun and easy to follow. But I do wish that one of these movies would foreground the characters rather than the plot, especially with this cast. There are a couple half-hearted attempts at character building, but it's just lip service. Oh, and can we cut it out with the MacGuffins already? I'm tired of Tesseracts and God's Eyes and whatever the hell an Abronath is. Also, bring back Bruce Greenwood, please and thank you.

    R.I.P. Anton Yelchin.

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★★

    Surprised there wasn't more awards buzz for the two leads -- Fiennes and Swinton were outstanding.