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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★

    M. Night Shymalan is back... to making movies that aren't great but have a few good parts and are weird enough to be kind of interesting. Quite an improvement over his previous technique of making straight-up garbage movies.

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★

    Not bad, but I expected to like this much more than I did. About halfway through the movie the whimsy levels start to redline and never come back down. Way too twee for me, especially since I was expecting more of a Troma-style gross-out comedy and got Little Miss Sunshine with a corpse.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    Ugh. The faux one-take structure was pretty cool and there's some good-to-great performances, but overall I found it pretentious, boring and a little bit smug.

  • Pain & Gain

    Pain & Gain

    ★★

    Michael Bay tried to make a Coen Bros style black comedy, but it's missing humanity of a Corn Bros movie. Aside from The Rock, who is great as always, most of the characters are too unpleasant to care much about. It also feels mean spirited and in bad taste considering it's based on a true story.