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  • The 15:17 to Paris

    The 15:17 to Paris

    “Everybody has a story and it’s our duty to tell it.”

    In The 15:17 to Paris, it’s one of a few clumsily sparkle-prosed lines of dialogue and a notion pushed to the most somnambulant, stultifying extremes by director Clint Eastwood.

    Here is Eastwood’s third consecutive warm-milk paean to embattled American heroism — hanging a hat on God-and-guns homilies rather than challenging truths about human violence, military service, religious fervor or moral quandary he mined even 12 years ago.

    The best…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    With brief flares of political content, The Cloverfield Paradox feints at a parable of paranoia and perspectives in an era of weaponized information. Instead, it’s a necessary reminder that the things we love in this life can be ripped from us so quickly. After all, who knew when they woke up Sunday morning that the Cloverfield franchise would be dead in hours?

    Full review at Midwest Film Journal.

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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ½

    Anyone proffering serious comparisons of Taylor Sheridan to Cormac McCarthy, the Coen Brothers or your preferred master of the bleak, noirish human condition is a delusional fool. Sheridan has written exactly one good movie ("Hell or High Water," in which casting and direction clearly made all the difference) and, thanks to the work of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins on "Sicario," deluded people into thinking he wrote another one.

    "Wind River," Sheridan's third film as a screenwriter, is also his…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    Sentences I Never Thought Would Escape My Lips Vol. 352: I’d have rather had Zack Snyder’s version.

    My enjoyment of “Watchmen” and his “Dawn of the Dead” aside, I’m not a Snyder guy. “300” and “Man of Steel” are half-good movies and the rest … no. But I can also feel sympathy for the tragedy that took him and his wife off post-production work for this and understand the business decisions that necessitate a studio like Warner Brothers to press…