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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★

    Lonergan’s nuanced, careful observations on mundanity are impressive, but there is an air of grandiosity here that is frequently tedious.

  • The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    ★★½

    Cloying and syrupy, exactly as expected.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    Rambly, tonally sloppy, prequelish, overlong, tedious, gimmicky but not genuinely surprising. Despite its attempts at subverting Star Wars tropes it plays entirely within the most unimaginative rules of that universe. None of the characters have real arcs; stuff happens TO them but that stuff doesn’t materially change these characters the way that Luke, Leia and Han were all changed by the end of IV and especially by the end of V. Ultimately it’s just a complete drag to leave yet another Star Wars movie disappointed.

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

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

    Any time you watch a superhero movie you've got to be willing to suspend disbelief. But the levels on which viewers of this corporate Frankenstein's monster are asked to do so are next-level egregious.

    In some ways the entire production is a huge pretense—the pretense that you're watching a movie at all when in fact it's fully evident that you're watching a heavily focus group-tested pastiche of marketing strategies. You could easily mistake the finished product for some kind of…