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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    the defining film of the 21st century. we live in the absolute stupidest time in American history.

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  • Mystery Road

    Mystery Road

    ★★★½

    Guys Bein' Dudes cinema. kind of a Johnny Generic western noir for most of the runtime, dead girls and dead-eyed men, like an Outback Taylor Sheridan joint. our detective is an indigenous cop though, which gooses the procedural elements a bit - he's got to navigate malicious co-workers, bigoted perps and fellow aboriginals who side-eye him as a race traitor. of course, like most noirs the mystery is pointless and ill-explained, as it's really just an excuse to investigate some…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★★

    or: SUICIDE MONSTER SQUAD

    Shane Black's sloppiest by a thousand-yard stare; a b-movie maelstrom of feverishly clipped exposition, developmentally arrested 80's humor and blood-soaked sight gags. in a bid at franchise Marvelization someone from Fox clearly dug their hand into Black's creative cookie jar, especially during the hastily reshot final reel that dead-ends some promising character arcs as it builds to one of the most horrific closing scenes in recent memory. but there's a shaggy sort of winningnes to the…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    A walking contradiction. Wants to deconstruct superhero movies in a metatextual way but sticks stringently to origin story formula; wants to appeal to a teenage demo with its juvenile dick joke humor but is stuffed to the gills with pop references for thirtysomethings; wants to be seen as a big bad R-rated comic book film but treats violence as flippantly as a bullshit video game. It's obnoxious. It's boring. It's aesthetically revolting. And it's apparently what the people want, given that it's now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. We get the world we deserve.

  • Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin

    ★★★★

    Important that Chappelle's climactic callback is to his pitch for a superhero who is powered by sexual assault - "he rapes, but he saves," Dave reminds the roaring crowd. It'd be easy to dismiss this comeback set as dated politically incorrect ugliness, with Chappelle gleefully running the gamut from racism to homo/transphobia to Bill Cosby, but there's an underlying thoughtfulness to every bit, an interest in the complexities of human nature and behavior that makes for more than hollow provocation.…