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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    [Digital IMAX]

    when the monkeyman threw the bone in the air it should have cut to a NOS canister in Dominic Toretto's Charger

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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★

    the nuts & bolts 'men on a mission' wind-up is too long and too cliché-ridden for the final reel splatter stuff to ever truly justify the wait, but at least they really go for it with some crunching bones, exploding heads, juicy squibs, and so on. set/creature design is a little bland, in fact the whole operation has a reheated leftovers feel, but the relentless single night narrative runs cover by keeping lizard brains diverted. the key to a proper JJ…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★½

    "It's Christmas again."

    Hollowed out and discarded. Lisbeth Salander - the ghost in the machine.

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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.…