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Khoi has written 125 reviews for films during 2018.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★½

    This movie is beneath the talents of just about everyone involved. And it also has no idea how building foundations work.

  • Samurai Spy

    Samurai Spy

    ★★★½

    I have no idea what happened in this film but it’s amazing.

  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    I hope Kurt Russell enjoyed himself.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★

    On rewatch the plot and direction are no better. But Yates gets credit for casting an amazing array of faces.

  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★

    The question with these movies is how to make a slim picture book sufficient for a feature film. The answer here is to spread it out incredibly, incredibly thin.

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★½

    Justifiably beloved.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    Two furstrated novelists put on a short film festival.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    The universe corrects for “Ocean’s 8” and 2016’s “Ghostbusters”—magnificently.

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★½

    When Nicole Kidman appears at about the midpoint, you think for a while that the film is going to be able to successfully transition from its remarkably confident, documentarian first half into a successfully nuanced indie feelgood piece for the remainder. Kidman does all she can toward that end, but stars Dev Patel and Rooney Mara can’t help her. Their onscreen heft is too sleight and their chemistry too tepid. Worse, the script fails to offer them anything substantial to work with; there is virtually no depth and certainly no surprise to the way this story resolves itself.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    Really nice all around.

  • Random Harvest

    Random Harvest

    ★★★★

    Pure Hollywood pablum—but so expertly and exquisitely crafted, it's irresistible. Despite all my intellectual detachment, I sobbed shamelessly at the end.

  • The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff

    ★★★★

    Rounded up from like 3.75 stars. Riddled with expository dialogue but so much else is done right, from the structure to the cinematography to the sound.