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  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash

    ★★★

    In keeping with praise critics rightly heaped on Demme for the generosity and attention he pays to even the most minor character, I would watch a full movie about any one of the denizens of The Salt Mine - provided it was better scripted this movie. In fact, Demme shoots the bar performance scenes so lovingly, I'd have preferred to stay right there in Tarzana and never leave for by-the-book redemption story In Indianapolis. (The Diablo Cody-scripted story even harder…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★

    This is the movies, too: finding the right balance between A-list talent and B-list content. A balance KONG mostly gets right. Does the movie exploit the horrors of the Vietnam war in order to justify absurd character choices? Yes, it does. But it's also smart enough to let John C. Reilly establish a tone for the film that encourages you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'm no great booster of CGI, but this was pretty stellar spectacle.…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

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