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  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ½

    My son, age 9:

    That is what happens when you run out of ideas.

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  • The Accountant

    The Accountant

    ★★★

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

    It's an understatement to describe the depiction of an Autistic person as having a black and white moral code and an obsession with guns as problematic. On the other hand the non-pitying portrait of an autistic adult with flaws and strengths and awareness to describe himself as an Autistic is incredible and unique in this type of media. Alison Wright as a non-verbal Autistic woman who is an intelligent, funny, caring, and happy adult is also worth noting--that said, it's…

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  • The Trip

    The Trip

    ★★★

    I think it's really hard to get the balance of reality and absurdity right in a "faux documentary". If you try to hard to convince the audience it's 'real' and that can feel a bit mean and ultimately pointless (see: 'Exit through the Giftshop').

    I found 'The Trip' to be quite funny and I really enjoyed the interplay between the two characters, ultimately I thought the premise was a bit too thin to carry and entire film. Rob, the domesticated…

  • The Trip to Italy

    The Trip to Italy

    ★★★★

    Much funnier and less mannered than the original. Heartbreaking and hilarious.

    Additional thoughts spurred by Rob's comment:

    I found both character's mid-life breakdown so much more compelling and surprising than the Coogan's crisis in the first one. Where the first always delivered the obvious (for me), this one seemed genuinely more careful handling the display of emotions without being cloying. Two examples: 1. When SC is talking about being invisible in front of young people and 2. when RB tells…