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  • Four Lions

    Four Lions

    ★★★★

    Bone-dry humor, given the context - even if it is vintage comedy bickering and buffoonery, the contrast between their petty quibbles and the gruesome real-world taboo of them being Islamic terrorists makes this a bold, jarring litmus test for the viewer's sense of humor. In a roundabout way it's daring you to laugh at the potentially offensive implication that the perpetrators of a haunting national tragedy like 9/11 were basically the Three Stooges. That's like making a movie about Hitler…

  • Clockwatchers

    Clockwatchers

    ★★★½

    Quirky/sweet indie workplace comedy with an unmistakable '90s sensibility, about a bunch of female temps who become friends at a boring office job. It's mostly quiet and observant, with a mild deadpan absurdism that dances around a delicate drama about trying to belong and the strange art of connecting with others in the world. But I mostly wanted to add a comment on this viewing to highlight the main trio of actresses here. Disregarding Alanna Ubach, who's good but occupies…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatic!

    Is the best way to describe this scrappy, intense, black-comedy thriller from the rising master of scrappy, intense, black-comedy thrillers Jeremy Saulnier. Like his debut "Murder Party", this is a chamber piece, confining a young punk band to mostly one room of a neo-Nazi club they made the mistake of playing at, where they become sitting ducks after witnessing a murder. And close quarters suit Saulnier's modus operandi impeccably, as he once again tackles a succinct premise with an…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    Oooh yeah! One of those movies that reignites my love for the medium, not that it was flagging or anything, but this actually thrilled me physically and as a (formerly) prospective writer myself. I never wanted to be avant garde or anything – my dream was to write and/or make smart but accessible entertainment like this (and preferably in genre territory), so to see it pulled off so expertly every now and then in movies like "10 Cloverfield Lane" feels…