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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★

    Lively and Kendrick: A+
    Balance of comedy/thriller in Act 1 and 2: B+
    Balance of comedy/thriller in Act 3: C- 

    Also, not 100% sure that it all adds up in a satisfying way, but it’s a delicious watch. Also, turns out Paul Feig *can* follow story structure without veering off into heavy improvisation. Where was that during GHOSTBUSTERS? (I’m not one of those Internet man-babies, just someone put in the unfortunate situation of rooting for that movie only to have it be utterly terrible).

  • Gothika

    Gothika

    The 2000’s were very, very, very dark times for mainstream American horror films. 

    What an absolute fucking waste. Waste of Mathieu Kassovitz, waste of Berry, Cruz, Dutton, Caroll Lynch and Downey Jr., everyone. Style is kind-of well-done, but it’s obnoxious and drains any potential suspense. The twists and turns are largely stupid, and the overall message - while well-meaning - is incredibly misguided. 

    And it ends with the awful Limp Bizkit cover of “Behind Blue Eyes” with the Speak-N’-Spell interlude. That alone should warrant 0/5 Stars.

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

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    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    A perfectly fine diversion. Sound editing the screeches of the car and the gunfire into the music is inspired choices in an otherwise routine "one last job" crime movie. It becomes exhausting by the end (not to mention it feels overlong), but the movie works when it's at its most playful. When the drama kicks in (which holds no weight), it feels tedious.