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  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★

    When Allen is disinterested in his own story it's unmistakable.

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★

    This movie flirts heavily with being a pleasingly camp cult classic. It has all the right elements—a talented director, a savvy screenwriter, a really promising cast, and even a suitably self-aware lead performance by Megan Fox. But it feels unfinished and never comes together. It never really upends your expectations, and worse it's not really scary at all. A missed opportunity.

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  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★

    Sixteen years later the FX don't hold up, the cinematography looks chintzy, the set pieces are surprisingly small scale, and the Logan/Jean Grey tension seems forced. But Singer still got a lot right, including a wry undercurrent that never allows the movie to take itself too seriously, even if it’s a more sober and thoughtful comic book actioner than anything that came before it. He also chose the absolute correct core for the film: a surprisingly tender and plausible friendship between Hugh Jackman’s Logan and Anna Paquin’s Rogue; their connection is beautifully and understatedly delivered.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    Notwithstanding the fact that pretty much everything I could want in a movie is included in its 144 minute runtime, this thing is a shockingly deft, engrossing, surprising and tender masterpiece.