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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★

    Note to self: you are a cranky old man who doesn't like 80% of movies by, for, or about Millenials.

  • Victoria & Abdul

    Victoria & Abdul

    ★★

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

    I normally love Frears but found this plodding and dull. Attempts at humor fell flat and attempts at pathos were telegraphed and trite.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "If you can't fix what's broken..."

    Fully satisfying as to theme, this is a throwback only in the sense that it reminds us of how much more thrilling stunts are than special effects. The choreography and editing is off-the-charts good...and a welcome relief to those of us weary of the uberfrenetic shot sequencing of Avengers and such.

    This is essentially one long chase scene, but backstory and theme are interspersed, and it's the rare action movie that shows rather than…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Like good jazz, this revealed a bit more the second time around. Its themes were richer, and the execution is pretty remarkable. (I can't remember the last time I genuinely thought montage editing was used this much and to this good effect.)

    I am, admittedly, conflicted about the epilogue. Yes, it is a showstopper and a virtuoso bit of filming. And yes, it is consistent with the jazz-like structure of the storytelling in the way it repeats with variation. But…