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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★

    251-minute version

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★½

    What I saw of this was pretty much what I expected when the film was announced. Dense with jokes and references, visually jerky and plastic...I loved this in The Lego Movie, too. There seems to be much less under the surface than the previous film, but there's a comfortable familiarity to the look and tone, and I'm not too concerned about having to watch this again with the kids (which I will, since I missed most of the second half walking the hallways with my restless youngest).

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  • Frank

    Frank

    ★★★½

    Great slapsticky performance by Fassbender, but I wish the film was more of that and less of the mopey audience stand-in bending the narrative around himself. The music is stuff I'd actually listen to, though. Not sure if that makes me a hipster or it's not as abrasive/challenging as the film imagines it is (or maybe it's that statement that makes me a hipster).

  • M

    M

    ★★★★★

    What an amazing film. Keeps jumping between moods and genres in a way that reminds me of modern South Korean cinema. Also, the amount of room each scene had to breathe was unusual. Most shots have an extra second or two at the beginning or end that gives the movie as a whole a kind of shaggy suspense.