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  • Galaxy Quest

    ★★★½

  • Ishtar

  • The Big Sick

    ★★★★

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★

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  • Galaxy Quest

    Galaxy Quest

    ★★★½

    I think I mostly came back to this movie because of the aliens - particularly Enrico Colantoni - whose weird, over-abundantly polite and thrilled deference made an impression on me the first time, and did not disappoint upon return! Weird to think back to a time when Tim Allen was a bankable and accepted movie star (outside of Toy Story sequels), though FWIW he's really right at home here. Also wild how stacked this cast - Sam Rockwell being the…

  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    More of a disaster even than its reputation would suggest. The opening scene has a lot of promise, but for a movie whose musical moments are comedically some of its brightest spots (co-written by the great Paul Williams of Rainbow Connection!), it conspicuously displays zero comic rhythm. Warren Beatty's presence stinks of some classic leading-man-who-thinks-he-can-do-comedy energy, and let's just say it most definitely earns the "out-of-date and potentially offensive" (their words, not mine) content warning it had on the the…

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★½

    Whoa! Did not disappoint! Also - love Jake every time.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★½

    The only thing I really knew about this movie going in was that it was a teen comedy adaptation of Taming of the Shrew - does that say more about me or more about the adherents of the movie who told me about it? Maybe both, but the fact doesn't really flatter anyone, including the writer, who abandons any pretence of nodding to the source material after the conspicuous dialogue references swiftly disappear around fifteen minutes in. Kinda fun and…