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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★½

    The jokes are improved and the action remains entertaining but this swaps the original's simple heist for a boring and needlessly complicated story. I suppose the film needed a villain but I would have cut both subplots involving generic baddies in pursuit of Pym's tech (the Ghost story in particular is extremely flat and exhausting to try to muster interest in). The suggestion of a sequel in the quantum realm is not encouraging.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★

    The dialogue is TERRIBLE but the ants delighted me, so, a scant three stars.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ½

    Seeing a lot of "good acting, bad movie" takes which, yeah, I guess it takes pretty good acting to make a script like this even vaguely watchable, but everybody still felt pretty fucking schticky to me. McDonagh reaaaally thinks he got to the heart of America with this one, but basically it's tone-deaf and nonsensical. I hated this movie.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★

    At first it's a bit self-consciously "haute-Showgirls," but I was having fun. As it transitions into "nightmare-Showgirls" and finally just "oh aren't I naughty," it becomes increasingly tedious and dull. The very literal-minded final act would have been much more interesting had a bit been left to the imagination; I don't often call a film "gratuitous" but this was it.

    Lovely music and production design though.