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  • American Made

    American Made

    ★★★

    A helluva tale told well enough, and Cruise solid as ever, but the movie is having too much fun and moving too fast for any onscreen relationships to develop. In my memory, everything is montage.

    Another way this movie failed me: it cut all the scenes with Lola Kirke and Jesse Plemons. There's no way those two were cast for how little they appeared in the movie. I don't need a director's cut. Just a Mena-set prequel starring Kirke and…

  • The Meyerowitz Stories

    The Meyerowitz Stories

    ★★★

    Is Meyerowitz the first Baumbach that lacks a virtuosically charismatic mess of a central character? If so, I wonder if it's what contributed to my feeling that this film never found its footing. Hoffman's Meyerowitz is by turns insensitive, proud and resentful, but he's no monster. Late in the film, Sandler's character confesses that sometimes he wishes his father had done something outrageously unforgivable, so it would be easier to hate him. It feels like an admission that Baumbach himself…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.