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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★

    ‘Sorry to Bother You’ is wickedly funny and unabashedly weird. Imagine if the searing modern satire of ‘Black Mirror’ was more outrageously funny - and blatantly pro-union - and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Yet I was still shocked at the many insane twists and turns Boots Riley’s story takes. It is a bold and genuinely fresh statement of intent from an artist who has devoted his career to speaking out on behalf of our…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    In the shadow of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Deadpool 2’, one of the hurdles that the release of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ faces is mutually assured superhero-blockbuster audience fatigue. Another challenge is carving out a distinct comedic sensibility from other Marvel superheroes.

    Somehow - this latest offering manages to do so by going more lightweight than its mega-blown predecessors and channeling elements of its fellow films to create something all its own. Shades of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy's’ goofiness,…

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  • Mumford & Sons: The Road to Red Rocks

    Mumford & Sons: The Road to Red Rocks

    ★★½

    Generally a nice looking high definition presentation, at least when it's focused on the players on the stage. Things tend to get progressively less optically appealing as the night wears on, something that makes the shots of Red Rocks and the audience increasingly murkier. Unfortunately, the stage lighting also becomes less aggressive as well, leading to overwhelmingly looming shadows falling across vast areas of the stage, and a drastic loss of detail. Despite the interlaced presentation, there are few if any combing artifacts, even in close-ups of complex strumming patterns.

  • Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

    ★★★★

    Shortly after Adele performed at “Royal Albert fucking Hall,” the songstress was sidelined with on-going throat problems, yet her packaged set here shows few signs of the vocal troubles she’d been up against. Backed by a live band, including a string section and backup singers, Adele brings the dramatics of her first two albums to life, with a bit of humorous, expletive filled banter in between tracks. Fans are given another reason to root for her while she recuperates, as…

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  • Barry

    Barry

    ★★★½

    It's not about a man destined to win something. It's about the search to belong, and that makes it more sneakily American and quietly patriotic than any achievement-oriented, conventional biopic. Terrell's performance elevates the film.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Awesome, influential, mind-blowing, cool, obsessional, pretentious - '2001: A Space Odyssey' is all of these. That it is both great and claptrap remains fascinating. Certainly, it deviates from Stanley Kubrick's claimed intention to make a 'proverbial good science-fiction movie', as it defies genre and is unlike any science-fiction film before it, good or god-awful.

    '2001' is strewn with unforgettable images - the stunning and now oft-parodied cut from a bone (wielded by ape-man as a weapon and tossed aloft) to…