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  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL


    The subject matter suggests an outrageous lifestyle but this movie works so hard to be earnest and relatable that it forgets to bring any conflict to bear in the plot. The result is anodyne at best, but more frequently just boring.

  • A LEGO Brickumentary

    A LEGO Brickumentary


    Basically a toy commercial—but for a very good toy.

  • Ninotchka



    There’s plenty of Lubitsch-ean sparkle at the edges, but its center relies too much on the charms of its leads—which are few. Garbo’s Soviet ingenue is wearying, and Douglas’s protean douchebag is tedious.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed


    WWJD? He’d drive right to the theater and watch the heck out of this summer blockbuster!

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey


    Watched on 70mm film, restored using the tears of Christopher Nolan.

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday


    One hundred percent perfect in every way.

  • The Villainess

    The Villainess



  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim


    Plodding, obvious and boring. Also, for a director who’s supposed to be a visual genius, a startlingly ugly movie.

  • The Commuter

    The Commuter


    Jaume Collet-Serra is like one of those talented students who never finishes his homework and only bothers half the time.

  • The Front Page

    The Front Page


    Surprisingly, for a movie that was about 100% gayer than its remake, it’s also considerably less flamboyant—and less funny. “His Girl Friday” still beats it by a mile.

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2


    Brad Bird understands more about super-heroes than everyone working on the Marvel Cinematic Universe combined.

  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky


    Maybe best to think of this as a formal exercise, a kind of warm up for Soderbergh as her returns to filmmaking. The script is ridiculous and gets less plausible every additional minute you think about it. But Soderbergh directs the hell out of it, making every shot, every scene interesting somehow or other.