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  • Breaking In

    Breaking In

    "Give credit where it's due to the flimsy home-invasion thriller Breaking In, directed by Wachowski sisters protege James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). It wastes little time getting to the action, such as it is: No sooner have Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) and her two children, teen daughter Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and younger son Glover (Seth Carr), arrived at the isolated mansion of Shaun's estranged father, Isaac (Damien Leake), than a quartet of thieving antagonists make themselves known. Isaac, who is…

  • Alex Strangelove

    Alex Strangelove

    "We like to think we’re beyond the closet. But for every LGBT child who confidently proclaims their identity before puberty hits, there are innumerable others who keep themselves sequestered, be it out of shame, survival or some terrible mixture of both. Like this year’s theatrical hit Love, Simon, writer-director Craig Johnson’s Alex Strangelove, premiering on Netflix, tells a coming out story that’s more on the gentle side. That softheartedness, however, proves to be a fairly adequate delivery mechanism for some…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

    (Also published on The Completist.)

    Tarkin Dead with Chris Hardwick

    It's interesting to discover your moral thresholds. In an oft-referenced review of Gillo Pontecorvo's Kapò (1960), Jacques Rivette takes issue with a tracking shot that glides over the freshly deceased body of a character played by Emmanuelle Riva. Writes Rivette: "The man who decides, at that moment, to have a dolly in to tilt up at the body, while taking care to precisely note the hand raised in the angle…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    A sober man's study of an intoxicated one. Makes me want to prop Michael Bay in front of it, Clockwork Orange-style, and shout "This is how you do satire!" at deafening decibels. Truthfully, the peanut-brain would probably get off on it…which is how you do satire. Let the morons expose themselves, even as the viewers who fancy they're above it all (myself definitely included) quietly acknowledge the pleasure inherent—per George Carlin—in having gotten a ticket to the freak show. ("One…