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  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    Transformers: Dark of the Moon

    ★½

    +1 star because I actually liked the story setup.
    -1 star for the absence of coherent story thereafter
    +2 stars for stunt badasses, pyro experts, and destruction porn
    -2 stars for the indestructible Mr. L'Beef
    +3 stars for Turturro, Malkovich, and McDormand unapologetically chewing scenery because it's payday
    -3 stars for dizzying, nauseating lack of spatial continuity
    +5 stars for the long hours of the folks who do incredible VFX work
    -5 stars for utter disregard of basic physics
    -7…

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge

    ★★★★

    This was a transcendent, transformative movie moment: I'll never again feel the innocence I knew before watching Crispin Glover's...performance (? If that's what you want to call it) in "River's Edge."

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  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★★

    Hey, it can't possibly expect match the unbridled energy and inventiveness of the first, but it's a welcome and fitting follow up with only a wee tinge of cash-in nostalgia. Much consideration to the characters' maturation -- or lack thereof, in some cases -- and the inevitable weary erosion of time. Ewen Bremner, especially, deserves praise for shouldering much of the emotional heavy lifting.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★½

    Who's got a match? 

    Thanks for the 🔥, Mr. Demme.