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John has written 223 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    One of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries. Jim Carey literally literally embodied the whole cast of Andy Kauffman characters.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    Well-directed, beautifully shot. Not the right political climate in the US for this film, sadly. This furthers my thesis that Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson and Angelina Jolie are our greatest living conservative filmmakers. All also happen to be superstar actors.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    Going to have to let this one sit. My initial feeling is that this had too much plot but the plot was generally excellent. The Porgs were a brilliant troll of Ewok haters.

    Johnson’s vision of the Star Wars universe is more prequel-y than mine. Cute kids and drunk casino aliens. Super digital backgrounds.

    On the other hand, puppet Yoda and some real heart and adventure. So he gets it.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    ★★★

    Exceedingly scary for a kids movie, but not too much for Holocaust fable, I suppose.

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    Pew! Pew!

  • The Trouble with Spies

    The Trouble with Spies

    ½

    This movie is aggressively mediocre. The casting is all wrong. 48-year-old Donald Sutherland neither plays a convincing dolt nor a rakish heartthrob. He has an American accent but is supposed to be British. Ditto Ruth Gordon. What?!?

    The movie is a more a mystery “comedy” than a spy movie. It was made in 1983 but released in 1987. That means even people at the time knew it was a misfire. Avoid!

  • Dutch

    Dutch

    Not even good bad.

  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★★

    Corporate interests convincing the President to lower taxes, a TV-obsessed idiot launched to the highest levels of politics, a world where white men fail their way to the top - what a hilarious fantasy. 😭

  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher

    ★★★★

    Imagine the truck from Duel played by Rutger Hauer. A metaphor for mental illness, or any problem that you just can’t shake.

    Jennifer Jason Leigh looks to be about 10 years old.

  • Mimic

    Mimic

    ★★½

    Good creature, dumb plot. Nice production design, bad acting.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    Beautiful. Dull.

    Best supporting actor: the fly.

  • Trafic

    Trafic

    ★★★

    The gags are more consistent in other Tatis, but the compositions and the overall plot here is strong.