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  • Mudbound



    This movie gutted me.

  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99


    Some great scenes of Vince Vaughn beating the ever living crap out of people prefaced by an exhausting hour of setup. Seriously, why is this movie so long? When Vaughn finally gets to Cell Block 99, the movie is way more entertaining than Shot Caller, which takes itself much more seriously. Vaughn's brutal, lumbering fighting style is accentuated by comically over the top gore. But good lord the build up is painfully, painfully slow.

  • Shot Caller

    Shot Caller


    A ridiculously dumb premise dragged out over two hours, made only slightly bearble by Jamie Lannister's handlebar mustache, his grimace while inserting contraband into his butt, and Jon Bernthal's unfinished PENIS neck tattoo.

  • mother!



    That was bat-shit insane and I think I kinda liked it? I can see why this got such mixed reviews. The symbolism is a little on the nose but the execution, both in direction and acting, was pretty great. The focus on Jennifer Lawrence's POV made the insanity that much more upsetting. I could have done without one particular aspect of the third act but, aside from that, it was a pretty thrilling ride.

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond


    "At some point, when you create yourself, to make it, you're going to have to either let that creation go and take a chance on being loved or hated for who you really are, or you're going to have to kill who you really are and fall into your grave, grasping onto a character that you never were." 
    - Jim Carrey 
    Jim & Andy - The Great Beyond

    A fascinating look behind the scenes of Man on the Moon, where Jim…

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone


    This movie is highly implausible, even by 1990 standards. Lots of cartoony laughs made it a hit for my 7yo nephew.

  • Good Time

    Good Time


    Good Time gave me all the queasy heist-gone-wrong thrills of Victoria without the gimmicky (but still awesome) single take. Robert Pattinson is almost unrecognizable as a desperate criminal trying to help his incarcerated, special needs brother. Looking forward to seeing what the Safdie Brothers can do with a bigger budget.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok


    As a long-time fan of director Taika Waititi, I was excited to see what he could do with perhaps the most boring Avenger franchise. His sensibilities are on full display here, including a small but delightful role for himself as a CG alien. The plot itself is nothing groundbreaking, but turning the previously dour Thor into a wise-cracking goof and surrounding him with a fantastic cast (Goldblum, Thompson, and Waititi himself particularly shine) was genius. If not the best Marvel movie, it might be the most fun.

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.


    An interesting take on the body switching genre that goes to unexpected and moving places. One of the better animated films of the last several years. Couldn't find on digital but it was well worth the blind buy of the Blu-Ray.

  • Step Brothers

    Step Brothers


    Is there a better Will Ferrell movie? A better John C. Reilly movie? Those are rhetorical questions. The answer is obviously: NO.

  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear


    Probably my favorite movie of 2017 so far. It's best if you go in knowing as little as possible about it. I will say that it went places I was not expecting. While most comedies these days are cynical, Kyle Mooney's sincerity and vulnerability make Brigsby Bear stand out.

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)


    It bums me out that Adam Sandler can actually act but wastes his time on a bunch of bullshit. Hoffman is great but Sandler is the heart of this movie. Great supporting cast as well. Not quite as entertaining as While We're Young, but solid.