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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★

    "Shameless" is the first word I'd use to describe THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.

    Now, what does that mean in and of itself? Is it negative? Positive? I guess you could say it's both, right?

    But really, this is a shameless movie. On the episode of The Flop House about failed South Korean comedy crossover non-hit THE LAST GODFATHER, Elliot Kalan talks about how that movie won him over by it's sheer commitment to the oldest comedy bits in the book, and…

  • Wormwood

    Wormwood

    ★★★★½

    WORMWOOD, Errol Morris's four hour documentary "story" on Netflix, is absolutely addicting. It held my attention every step of the way; as usual for Morris, it's beautifully edited and eery in its implications.

    The doc explores the bizarre and mysterious death of Frank Olson, a scientist who plunged to his death from a hotel window one night in 1953. Frank is played, very well, by Peter Sarsgaard in recurrent dramatizations of what happened in the 10 days leading up to…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★

    Hmm.

    I don't think I liked MOTHER! at the end of the day. Which is not to say I didn't like parts of it. In fact, aspects of it, even most aspects of it, are fantastically done. But I think ultimately it doesn't add up to anything. You get a dozen half-baked metaphors instead of one compelling story. I don't know. I was digging it for a while but the closer it got the end the more unimpressed I was.…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful and beautifully humane. The most intimate of love stories.