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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★

    The Greatest Showman, like the P.T. Barnum circus it's based on, is a hoax - it'll make people smile, but it's so fake, so soulless that the moment you understand the magic trick is the moment the entire thing falls apart, and it'll just leave you frustrated.

    It's a Baz Luhrmann film without the confidence, harping the style but frequently falling back on the safe, generic options, and never doing enough to compensate for a severe lack of substance. It's…

  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★½

    It just comes across as inauthentic - James Franco got the voice but Tommy is still just an enigma, Dave Franco is severely miscast who completely fails to capture Greg Sestero and has almost no range, all of his character relies on existing besides Tommy. Nothing about the production seems particularly thought out or special - it's the most basic presentation of a romanticised innaccurate script that couldn't decide if it was a biopic or just being fun and references,…

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  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    Audaciously pretending to contribute to the source material, Batman: The Killing Joke opens with an entirely unnecessary Batgirl X Batman Fanfiction serving as a prologue that is so clearly unsubtle I'm surprised Barbara didn't once utter the word "Daddy" while we panned away from needless animated Bat-sex. Boy problems and Bat-penetration is not what the comic needed, and the dialogue is painfully one note as every single person in the universe finds a way to exclusively discuss these things. Just…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    There were some visceral reactions from the audience for this one - I could feel people kicking at a jump, my friends next to me constantly uneasy, people laughing with obvious discomfort escaping with every 'hah'. 10 Cloverfield Lane is intense, with a wickedly slow pace for horror built on suspense. Yet it still magically sails through a ton of story with ease, never feeling close to it's run time.

    The performances of Goodman, Winstead and Gallagher (who I've been…