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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★

    Sprinkled throughout this thing, there are quite a few terrific visual conceits: a bank robbery that's a literal bank robbery; the disintegrating body of Captain Salazar; the ghost ship that rises up to attack like some kind of scorpion; the Black Pearl riding the edge of the ocean trough. I'll remember more of the images here than I'll remember anything distinctive in most blockbusters.

    And literally everything else is incomprehensible crap. Am I supposed to understand the context for the…

  • My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

    My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

    ★★★

    Look, I know “Titanic meets The Breakfast Club, but animated” sounds like an irresistible pitch, and indeed it’s hard to argue you’ve seen anything quite like writer/director Dash Shaw’s funky tale. It follows a geeky, unpopular high-school sophomore also named Dash (Jason Schwartzman) who finds himself among friends (Reggie Watts and Maya Rudolph), a popular student council member (Lena Dunham) and a nigh-superhuman lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) trying to survive when his structurally unsound seaside high school collapses into the…

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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter

    ★★★½

    That was an entertaining and informative movie!
    [You must say more.]
    But that's all I really have to say. I'm glad I saw it. It was good.
    [The format requires you to say more.]
    I won't. What if I cause harm to my #brand by just blathering when I've said all I needed to say?
    [Please continue to say more.]
    WE ARE FINISHED HERE.

  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I did a short capsule thing if you want the basics without spoilers; it is here for your enjoyment and edification.

    Now, below, we got SPOILERS, and you are hereby warned.
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    I really wish I had time & an assignment to write 1,000 words simply on the way music is used in Ricki and the Flash. I'm not just talking about the performances, or how Demme directs them; the "Drift Away" scene in particular has plenty of people…