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  • Captain Marvel

    ★★½

  • West Side Story

    ★★★½

  • Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★½

  • The Wedding Singer

    ★★½

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★½

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

    Another day, another fair-to-middlin’ Marvel origin story, another case of my hopes for the MCU offering something interesting or brave getting suffocated under the weight of tepid narrative choices and an overbearing climactic CGI hullaballoo. Larson and Samuel L. make for a solid buddy comedy duo, and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck do conjure up a few interesting sequences, but the story never feels like it has any substance, cursed both by its prequel setting and its predictable “The…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★½

    Yet another entry into Inessential Cinema of the 21st Century canon. Not that there’s anything terrible about Spielberg’s West Side Story—well, almost—but it never effectively establishes that we needed an update of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ 1961 musical. Spielberg certainly makes things grittier and more explicit, ramping up the violence and racial vitriol, giving depth and dynamism to characters in a way Wise neglected. Yet this realism makes the transition into musical numbers jarring in a Cop Rock sort…

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  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    ★½

    Back in 1994 I had a huge crush on a cheerleader at my high school named Ginger Jordan. The odds were decidedly not in my favor; I was a pudgy, oily-skinned, Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker-obsessed sophomore, while Ginger was a senior, one of the most popular students at the school, and only a few months away from heading off to college at UGA. Ginger tolerated my presence in a court-jester-to-the-queen sort of way—we shared the same drama class, during which I would use…

  • Harmontown

    Harmontown

    ★½

    I'm guessing it was around half an hour into Neil Berkeley's Harmontown that I realized I wasn't a very big fan of Dan Harmon. Yeah, I like the spur-of-the-moment looseness of his Harmontown podcast, but I'm more entertained by his show "comptroller" Jeff Davis and his dungeonmaster Spencer Crittenden (part of the show is an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons) than by Harmon himself. He comes off as alternately clever and whiny, with the latter overtaking the former as the…