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  • Looker

    Looker

    ★★★

    Imagine if John Carpenter set out to direct a De Palma-style erotic thriller. Now imagine that he suffers a major head injury shortly before the start of production and forgets the finer points of storytelling as well as how to stage an action scene.

    Looker is an undeniably stylish movie with a bevy of good ideas, including an eerily prescient portrayal of CGI. It's fun. It's also very poorly made.  Some scenes are cobbled together so haphazardly that their events…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★½

    Infectiously watchable. The fact that this didn't do better at the box office is deeply depressing.

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★½

    With The Hateful Eight, Tarantino seems to be taunting his oldest detractors by making a film that showcases their most frequent criticisms. It's all here: characters that are "irredeemably corrupt", "endless" stretches of meandering dialogue, and "gratuitous" graphic violence. Here's the thing though, for the very first time I (a longtime Tarantino fan) found myself agreeing with them. The violence IS gratuitous and present primarily for shock value, the dialogue DOES seem endless, and the characters ARE (without exception) irredeemably…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    You can complain about fan service until you are blue in the face (and I’m sure many of you will), but frankly you had no reason to expect anything else from this movie. Personally, I went in with an open mind and left thinking about how a computer generated Peter Cushing is as wrongheaded a decision as any that George Lucas made. Other than that, the movie is fine. Not great. FINE.