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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★★

    This movie gets better every time I watch it because I watch lots of other movies in the interim and they're not even close to being as funny. Then I come back and watch this movie and am reminded again that Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement are pure comic geniuses.

  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★★

    There's a scene about three-quarters of the way through Logan Lucky where Jeff Gordon and a couple of NASCAR announcers talk about a driving returning from some time away from the track. They describe what they think it takes to re-enter a profession in which you were once a top practitioner. In a movie full of self-referrential jokes and plot development, that was maybe my favorite commentary on Soderbergh's return to movies.

    Logan Lucky is not a contemplative movie. It…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★½

    More Lea Seydoux. Less everything else, please.

    Also, where did the Sam Mendes of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and JARHEAD go? I want that guy back.

  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    ★★★★★

    There's a passage from Rousseau that Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert who is, perhaps next to Juliette Binoche and Maggie Cheung, the best working actress in the world) teaches to her students in the 3rd act of this film. It is a passage about desire supplanting or superseding happiness. That it is the expectation of something good happening that brings true pleasure. That it is this hope for things to come that is the source of pleasure. Not the things themselves coming…