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  • The Boss Baby

    The Boss Baby

    ★★½

    On one hand, there are moments of memorably daffy invention here, more than I would expect from the studio behind Trolls.

    On the other hand, so little of the story makes sense, and that Glengarry Glen Ross reference is unearned and stupid.

  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ★½

    The Despicable Me franchise--really, the entirety of Illumination Entertainment--thrives primarily because people are willing to shrug and give a lazy movie a pass because, to quote the old hula-hoop inventor, it's...y'know, for kids. As if being...y'know, for kids is a free pass to condescend to children as a sort of lowest common denominator.

    So, big surprise: Despicable Me 3 is as lazy and rote as a Very Special Episode of Season 11 of a sitcom that still gets very high ratings in spite of not being very funny. My review at Slashfilm goes into more detail.

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  • The Rocketeer

    The Rocketeer

    ★★★★

    "How did it feel, strapping that thing to your back and flying like a bat out of hell?"

    "Well, it's the closest I'll ever get to heaven, Mr. Hughes."

    What an exciting, uncynical, legitimately fun this movie still is, 22 years after the fact.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    I think that maybe the best part of this incredible film is Jon Brion's drum-heavy build-up to the phone call between Sandler and PSH. It knows how explosive the call is, and it knows how explosive we want the call to be.

    My God, what a movie.