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  • Ideal Home

    Ideal Home

    ★★★

    Quite funny and smart, thanks in no small part to the crack timing of Coogan and Rudd. It's a little unfortunate that the story the characters are grafted to is them falling, against their own grain, for the grandson who comes to stay with them. It actually works well when it's just about them discovering a new kind of domesticity they have no natural acumen for, but then of course there has to be Drama, which feels perfunctory.

    Both Coogan…

  • Insidious: The Last Key

    Insidious: The Last Key

    ★★★

    Lin Shaye is so great that it really makes up for how rote this is.

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★½

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

    I haven't had time to write a full review of this as I only saw it not 12 hours ago, but I can't help but jot down something about Passengers' unpleasant undercurrent. Rewatching the trailers and marketing material, I couldn't believe how misleading they were about something very important to the film's core premise:

    Only Chris Pratt's Jim woke up early due to a malfunction on the ship. The first solid half hour is him moping about the Avalon starship,…

  • Entourage

    Entourage

    ½

    If the right director made this (maybe Harmony Korine?), you might call it a postmodern monument to masculine insecurity and the way it manifests itself as devaluation and denigration of anyone who looks, sounds or acts outside their patriarchal hegemony. But no, this masturbatory movie lacks any self-awareness - or, in fact, awareness whatsoever - and thinks they're just a group of bros who are totally cool bros to each other at the centre of one of the most woefully tone deaf Hollywood pseudo-satires in recent memory.