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  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow


    Well executed and surprisingly good cinematography, but I can't honestly say I enjoyed it. Was expecting something a bit more slick/commercial. Reminded me of History of Violence in that way...when the violence isn't prettified for movies, one has a harder time processing or accepting what goes down easier in more banal movies. It's probably to the film's credit that it shows the ugliness as well as the titillating qualities in the situation. Still, it was hardly pleasurable viewing, nor did…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon


    This is cute and funny and sweet and manages to avoid most of the pitfalls and cliches of a coming-out movie. The adults are generally reasonable people, the homophobia isn't all religiously motivated. Almost all characters have human qualities,even some of the traditional villiains.

    It is perhaps too idealized and perfect in a John Hughes sort of way, but it is aware of that fact, even winks at it. (I think, for instance, in the scene where Simon's secret pen…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road


    "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…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One


    I  also had an Atari 2600 and love 80s movies, so Ready Player One is a bit like catnip laced cocaine sprinkled atop crack filled Girl Scout Cookies. You probably can't live on it. It may even kill you. But it will be worth it.