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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    One star for taking a (cheeky, milquetoast, unconvincing) stand against Hitler and the alt-right. Four stars deducted for TWO fridgings, sexual assault, ableist humour, its tedious, molasses-like, pitch drop experiment pacing, its lack of a singular or interesting antagonist, the meandering, plotless morass of its unfunny banter.

    One star for Zazie Beets as Domino and some fanservice that feels to come from a place of genuine affection for the material rather than Big Bang Theory-esque zoological looky-loo fascination. Four stars…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    It's hard for me to speak in specifics about this movie because it looms so large in my personal pantheon. I'll say this: it's probably my favourite Coen brothers movie. It may also be the greatest film about the Jewish diaspora (and the white suburban north american Jewish experience) ever made.

    A Serious Man basks and revels in the absurdity and unknowability of existence. It immerses you in the anxiety of reconciling your centuries-old shared knowledge and faith and your…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    There's a lot here. There's a LOT here. As a fan and apologist of Marvel House Style, I will reluctantly admit that where this film is at its most Marvel-y, it's at its weakest. But even liberalism, weak structural scaffolding, and the closed sandbox feel of a franchise movie, cannot dilute the revelatory power of the things Black Panther does do.

    Ryan Coogler and his fantastic cast use gesture and movement perhaps better than any blockbuster in history. The production…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    Wow, this is a misfire on every conceivable level.

    After no fewer than four scenes jockeying for “first sequence” -- in no intelligible causal order, a ponderously slow and grating vertical cameraphone video of Superman, a ludicrous fakeout-fight leading to a cheesy parademon rumble and mind-boggling expository dump, an overwrought funeral montage set to a bad Leonard Cohen cover, and Wonder Woman doing sorta-superheroic things -- we're off to the races, in a totally batshit litany of seemingly disconnected events…