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  • Daddy's Home

    Daddy's Home

    ★★½

    A non-essential entry in the Will Ferrell canon, although Mark Wahlberg's exaggerated machismo is worth a few laughs. Of course, neither of them deserve the divine Linda Cardellini, underutilized as usual.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    The first Guardians of the Galaxy remains my favorite Marvel Studios film, a jokey-but-not-hokey science-fiction romp filled with characters so warmly written you can’t help but to fall in love with them. That film pulls off being funny, exciting and emotionally resonant all at the same time, and it does so seemingly with ease. Its new sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, attempts to replicate the trick, with the same cast and the same writer/director, James Gunn. So why does what felt so effortless the first time feel so damn forced this go-round?

    You can read my full review of this movie at Cult Spark.

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    An effective and minimalist horror flick with a great concept and an even greater synth-driven score. (And the latter isn't the only thing that will make you think of John Carpenter here.) Maika Monroe plays Jay, a bored suburban teen who has sex with her newest fling in a parked car and ends up relentlessly stalked by a methodical supernatural entity as a result. Sure, the film is a metaphor for STDs and the dangers of intimacy, but writer/director David…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    Three years ago, David Fincher took a sleazy best-seller called The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, did some Fincher-y things to it as he adapted it for the screen, and ended up with a pretty entertaining film that was never going to be mistaken for one of his best movies but made for a compelling watch nonetheless. Cut to present day, when he’s taken a sleazy best-seller called Gone Girl, done some Fincher-y things to it, and ended up with…