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  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★½

    As an ebullient, defiant celebration of blackness, this concert film is perhaps unparalleled, even among those who aren't fluent in Beyoncé's body of work. That said, the faux-candid behind-the-scenes interruptions do bring with them a strange undercurrent of self-hagiography that I could have done without, but one probably can't command the stage as the best music icons do without a certain degree of narcissism, so I should probably just take the good with the bad and shut up.

  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

    Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

    ★★

    This baffling vanity project can't do a god damn thing to escape its fate as a naval-gazing hot mess.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    No twists. No betrayals. No games. Just two protagonists, both flawed and virtuous, seeking justice in an unjust, dying world and losing themselves in the process. Great stuff here.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

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

    After thinking (and arguing about) this one for the last few days, I think I've finally figured out why audience response to it has been so bipolar: they're watching and reacting to two different movies.

    On the surface, we have a somewhat incoherent, largely ineffective space opera with some craft issues that may feature some pretty pictures and the occasional moment of brilliance, but is largely a narrative wet fart. Aborted character development, pointless sequences, flat humor, poor editing, and…