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  • The Fate of the Furious

    The Fate of the Furious

    ★★★½

    Continuing their streak of absurd action and painfully stupid plots and dialogue, the latest addition to the Fast and the Furious 'family' works because it so openly embraces its ridiculousness.

    It's not as well balanced as 7 or 5, and the series in general has lost its sense of personality that made the original so good, but while it's transformed into some strange hybrid of strained perpetuation and occasional parody, it's always managed to land just shy of becoming caricature.…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★

    Incredibly silly, but still mostly a light, fun little film with some inspired, occasionally brilliant voice-work.

    The plot here is ridiculous, and works solely as a vehicle for the dozens upon dozens of jokes it sets up. The animation is serviceable, often times looking (albeit purposefully) messy thanks to the Lego construction of the film's environment.

    What makes this one worth the time is the voice-over work. Pretty much the entire cast is great here. Will Arnett may be one…

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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★½

    I honestly don’t quite know whether this is some sort of millennial masterpiece or a steaming pile of shit.

    I do know that I (briefly) felt compelled to write quite a long piece on this film, and that, while watching, I was enjoying whatever it is I was given.

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    With 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen delivers a staggering cinematic exploration of evil and endurance, bringing the brutalities of slavery to life in unflinching - often unbearable - detail.

    While his direction is the real marvel here - chock-full of breathtaking long-takes and stunning compositions, not to mention jaw-dropping cinematography by Sean Bobbit - it's Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender's (and Lupita Nyong'o, though I feel the praise for her is slightly undeserved - at least the amount of…