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  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    ★★★★½

    Color me as surprised as anyone that we'd get a sordid, timely neo-noir from the pair responsible for The Hunger Games (a YA series I loathe). Color me even more surprised that it's this good.

    Brutal, violent, and perennially bleak, Red Sparrow is a next step for Jennifer Lawrence, who is stretching herself yet again after last year's wildly dynamic mother!. Here she's allowed to get ugly, knocked down, and yet always retains a sense of control. She's forced through…

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  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    ★★½

    You know you're in trouble when your 91 minute movie has both 12 minutes of credits and is monotonous. Yikes.

    This is mostly inoffensive, but that's because it's so lean and bland. The film eschews almost any character development, and consists of three seafaring battles that need bucketloads of on-screen text and dialogue to explain what's going on. There are fleeting moments of excitement in those set pieces, but the extreme reliance on CGI (and overall too-polished visuals) really distract…

  • My Spy

    My Spy

    ★★½

    I was not expecting this to be so...tolerable after the godawful trailers that I saw for a year as this thing bounced around the studio schedule. Now having been dumped onto Amazon Prime Video, it'll fade into obscurity, which is not an ill-fitting fate; but rest assured it's not nearly as offensive as you might have expected. It's even a little bit fun at times and there's enough in the performances to make the high-concept work.

    I'm docking it some…

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  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    This was either the deepest or dumbest movie I've seen in a while. I think they mean the same thing, right? I can't tell. My theory is that The Counselor must be Ridley Scott's revenge for anyone who criticized Prometheus last year.

    If you've seen the trailer, you already know too much. I don't mean that in the spoiler sense. You actually already know more than the entire two hour film will reveal.

    It looks pretty, though.

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★★½

    Not since Her have I been so enamored with a film that I specifically sought it out to rewatch in theaters. There's something alluring about Bennett Miller's latest--a film of towering personalities suffering in suffocating silence.

    It's the ultimate character study, which is a style of narrative I don't normally gravitate to. What's so successful here is its almost complete reliance on subtext. While others have called the film slow, I appreciated any moment to breath merely to soak in…