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  • Speed Racer
  • Baby Driver
  • Spy Game
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  • Limbo

    ★★½

  • Miracle Mile

    ★★★

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★

  • Small Engine Repair

    ★★★½

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Great performances all around, this movie was a lot more grounded than I expected.

    One choice I thought really paid off was how Lee makes a clear distinction between individual, overt racism and institutional biases and discrimination. In the real world, those things are both on a spectrum, and often coexist, but for clarity in the movie those are both binary states. While there's the one bad cop that lives in the center of the venn diagram, most characters only…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I got to see Princess Mononoke at the Cinerama today, and it was excellent. Besides it being on the big screen, with a full house, the subtitles were much improved from how I remember them when I saw it as a kid. That new perspective, plus a long walk to mull it over, helped me see some nuance in the symbolism that I had previously missed.

    Eboshi is progress. She's caring, but pragmatic. She lifts people up, but won't be…

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  • Limbo

    Limbo

    ★★½

    After a directionless 80 minutes, the plot finally kicks in and gives you something to pay attention to besides the stiff acting and jarring cuts.

    Start the movie half an hour in and I don’t think you’ll miss anything of importance, but it will bring the runtime down to something reasonable.

  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★

    This starts out with real high-school play energy, but the second act turns it into a twilight zone episode.

    In honor of the high school energy, I’m awarding yearbook superlatives, and The Miracle Mile takes home two: The most random full frontal appearance; and the least enticing haircut worn by a female lead.

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  • The Green Mile

    The Green Mile

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As a movie, the Green Mile is far too long, and extremely basic. Every character is one-dimensional, and shows no growth or arc. The dramatic beats of the story are all over the place.

    Wild Bill, a character defined by his over the top need to be disruptive, constantly disappears whenever they want to have a quiet, heartfelt scene 10' in front of Bill's cell.

    But the biggest issue, by far, is the message of the movie. An innocent black…

  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★½

    This is the only movie where Bond’s actually an interesting character in addition to being a super-spy caricature. Eva Green really raising the bar for what a Bond Girl can be.