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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Adolf Hitler, a plantation owner, and now Charles Manson. As if Quentin Tarantino's aims with his latest piece of historical fiction weren't precisely clear from the base premise, the building blocks for the inevitable climax are put unsubtly in play in short order. While we wait for the beat-for-beat payoff we have predicted to be en route, Tarantino does what has been his habit for a decade now - linger on forced references to media he loves, as well as Kevin Smith-esque references to his own prior output.

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    As could only be anticipated, Toy Story: Fury Road is yet further evidence the major ideas for its franchise were exhausted with the first installment. Minor components are creatively realized with success exceeding that of the prior sequels making for an enjoyable if, well, minor experience. Go figure, Cliff Claven has the best line.

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    In vintage creature feature fashion the folly of man incurs the barrage of tracing paper-thin characters confined to barfing expository dialogue on cheap sets, fleeing for the safety of their green screens when incompatible special effects sequences begin. As “Uprising” was a colossal letdown on the heels of del Toro’s incredible “Pacific Rim”, this Sally Hawkins affair is an even bigger step down from del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”. Okay, that hilarious joke out of the way, there wasn’t…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Glimpses of an interesting film biting at the business of modern art that suffocate when stitched to an embarrassingly pedestrian, go-nowhere “A Nightmare on Elm Street” wannabe. One would be forgiven for watching due to the Jake Gyllenhaal factor, and rewarded only by another look at Daveed Diggs.