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  • Battleship

    Battleship

    ★★½

    Another movie that asks you to root for a totally obnoxious male protagonist who everyone keeps insisting, despite lack of any evidence, is the Most Special Boy (or in the case of this movie, "has so much potential"). It doesn't help that Taylor Kitsch has resting "who just farted?" face. But the problems with this film are almost entirely the fault of the script.

    One star each for Rihanna and Jesse Plemmons, who are great and deserve their own buddy-Navy-officer…

  • Casting JonBenet

    Casting JonBenet

    ★★★★½

    Definitely the good kind of WTF. People who are auditioning to be in a film about the JonBenet Ramsey murder alternately rehearse their parts in character, and then as themselves, they talk about their own theories and personal connections to the murder. It sounds weird and it is. But the finished product is so eerie and evocative that I desperately wanted more. And for a film where we ostensibly know the ending, the last shot could not be more devastating or hair-raising.

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    There is no way for me to see this through any other lens than how much a movie like this would have meant to me as a little girl, as a teenager, at every other stage of my life before age 36. There was never a time in my life when I did not need to see strong women doing cool things. Which is not to say I never have before. This film didn't invent that idea. But the Wonder…

  • The Suckling

    The Suckling

    ★★★½

    Some elements of this are hilariously bad (most of the acting and dialogue, some of the camera work), while others are really impressive for a movie of any budget (the creature effects!). I'm tempted to say the creature effects are TOO good for this film, but there are a few moments of creative insanity that actually bring the film up to the level of the special effects, however briefly.

    Mostly this movie made me laugh at our ideas about what…