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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    In perhaps classic Shane Black fashion, a movie that felt both horrendously provocative and pathetically tame. His tonal control, which worked wonders for THE NICE GUYS (jury's out on IRON MAN 3), has no such luck here. It's half-obsessed with ultra-violence and half-beholden to the franchise playbook. Henry Jackman's Williams-esque score is a good chunk of the problem.

    The closest I came to enjoying it was when it went full sadist and chopped down body after body, but even then…

  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★½

    Apart from having arguably the most realistic use of a computer in any movie ever, SEARCHING felt like it had stuck itself into a quandary - make a true-to-life parable about the dangers of the screen that is cursed by its own naturalistic hand of being boring, or have a flat-out bonkers crime drama that risks losing its real-world message. As a movie-goer, I appreciated that it took the leap of being the latter, even if the depletion of the…

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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★

    For a long while, POST doesn't appear to have a logical endpoint, and Akhavan appears to be getting dangerously close to actually endorsing conversion therapy. The therapy montage where Cameron appears to actually be *improving* had me second-guessing myself, while Akhavan's interview in Little White Lies played in my head over and over again. Of all people, I thought, how could she be getting this close to a positive portrayal of the practice?

    Then the bracing gut-punch I had been…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ½

    The dumbest movie of all time. Everything is stupid. Everyone who watches it will lose brain cells for every stupid thing that happens in this movie, which is everything that happens in this movie.