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  • The Wave

    The Wave


    Who’s to say whether the dark Dickensian introspections of "It’s a Wonderful Life" necessarily needed a methamphetamine kick for a modern audience? But it’s what’s offered up by "The Wave," in which director Gille Klabin’s vividly rendered scenes of psychotropic freakouts prop up the been-there, ripped-that bong-hit philosophizing of Carl W. Lucas’s screenplay. Persuasively realized on a pinched-penny budget, the protagonist's kaleidoscopic and often sinister visions are an unquestionable standout — pitched between rotoscoped nightmare and stained-glass windows in a…

  • Just Mercy

    Just Mercy


    It's been almost 20 (!) years since "Erin Brockovich" and roughly 16 since the John Grisham Cinematic Universe collapsed on itself. So it understandably takes director / co-writer Destin Daniel Cretton and "Just Mercy" a little bit of time to re-acclimate us to the language of morally conscious courtroom dramas. (Thankfully, it’s a far cry from the cardboard-flat 20/20-isms of last summer’s "Brian Banks.")

    In chronicling the Walter McMillian case, one of death-penalty appeal lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s earliest and most…

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  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys


    Objectively a three-star movie, bumped up for my nostalgic affection. There is entirely too much mistaken-identity foofaraw that delays the primo Bayhem of the final act, which also means there's too much of Téa Leoni (a classic Ruiner, as my friend Evan's mother-in-law might say). There is also a potential continuity error here with "Bad Boys For Life"; not sure if Marcus and Mike having been partners for six years jibes with the timetable Mike gives Marcus about his earliest law-enforcement exploits. Yes, I just typed that out because this is something that gives me pause. This is why I give "Bad Boys" 3.5 stars.

  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life


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

    Out-Gemini Manned Gemini Man.

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    The Dirt


    "The Dirt" opens with narration that condemns the 1980s as “the worst fucking decade in human history.” Stupid hair. Shitty clothes. “It fucking sucked,” sneers Nikki Sixx. Moments later, Tommy Lee brings a woman to squirting cunnilingual climax in front of a crowd of cheering partygoers.

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  • Riding the Bus with My Sister

    Riding the Bus with My Sister

    There’s an Ari Aster movie in here somewhere.