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  • Sharp Objects

    Sharp Objects

    ★★★½

    Gillian Flynn's pre-Gone Girl literary fixation on pulpy female characters who are often plagued with unbelievably tragic backstories disclosed via the thorniest signifiers (rape, dead sister, dead friend, abusive family, etc.) is always at risk of coming across as cheap and exploitative once the story is adapted to the screen by a male filmmaker. Furthermore, the trope could easily be read as reinforcing the notion that women have to be somewhat traumatized in one way or another in order to…

  • Unfriended: Dark Web

    Unfriended: Dark Web

    ★★★½

    The sleek sequel to (or the latest macOS update of) the seminal Unfriended limps once it removes the narrative's central threat -- which has now shifted from the realm of the cybernatural to that of anonymous blackhats draped in Alan Walker aesthetics -- from the protagonists' individual stories, effectively reducing it to an external force that never forms a discernible thematic link either with the characters' collective inner turmoil or, even, the film's screenlife form as a whole.

    While the…

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  • Warcraft

    Warcraft

    I walked out of the matinee after one hour and a half of being pummelled by this unholy nonsense. What a sluggishly paced and narratively confused fella this film was. It was kind of great to actually see the games' aesthetics get the most faithful screen adaptation, but that's just it. Everything else was a completely unengaging mess. I saw potential here - a sprawling fantasy universe that could be fun to explore. But all of that was squandered in…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Okay, so it's out and it's nice.

    Wait, well, it's more than nice. It's good! Yeah? Let's settle for 'good' so as to not make these hungry dogs even hungrier. From now on, I'll be using the adjective as a euphemism for the M-word.

    *EUPHEMISM METER: 100%*

    George Miller. Now I've never met the man, let alone talking to him, but judging from Mad Max: Fury Road, I'm willing to bet my ass that he's a super kind guy. How…