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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider


    Nails the overall pacing and tone of modern action-adventure games, but whiffs all of the individual elements that make these games fun. Setpiece platforming is marred by ugly CGI, combat scenes have their spatial coherence cut to pieces, and there’s no interest in having the viewer participate in the puzzle solving. Vikander > Jolie though.

  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow


    For a while, I convinced myself that JLaw’s character was so flat and unmotivated because the script was trying to comment on traditional female roles and lack of agency as she bounces from puppeteer to puppeteer. But then the film makes these half-assed attempts at female empowerment that never reach beyond the short scenes they’re contained in. This is watchable semi-entertainment, but don’t stop to think about it for one second.

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  • Get Out

    Get Out


    Let’s the good out of the way first. Between the Key and Peele duo, Jordan always seemed to be the more cerebral and deliberate (and talented) half, and much of the first half of GET OUT delivers on his promise. The pre-title sequence is among the best staged horror I’ve seen post-SCREAM. The camerawork on display, with his ability to deploy intricate tracking shots and extreme closeups, is pretty rare for a feature debut and reminiscent of Shyamalan’s poise. Peele…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure


    This film explores the primal instincts of men vs women a la Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET from 2012. Where that film was vague and essentially binary in it's progression (before event vs. after event), FORCE MAJEURE is explicit in its thematic notions and plays with them in several different scenarios throughout the runtime. Quite hilarious and contemplative. That scene at the ski lounge with the two male characters getting approached by women is gold. Also laughed my ass off at the dad's sobbing outburst near the end.