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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


    Methinks the title doth protest too much. This movie feels like McDonagh took an existing work and transposed it into an American setting, blithely using specifically American details as window dressing for his miserabilist Catholic guilt and black humor, with absolutely no intention of or interest in actually exploring those themes, or creating internally consistent characters. A morality play without a moral, with great actors inhabiting their cartoonish personas as best they can. The only one of the year’s Best Picture nominees I actively disliked.

    Oscars 2018: Best Picture Nominees (ranked)

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name


    Meanders a tiny bit, but starts to find its footing somewhere around the five-hour mark.

    Feels like James Ivory saw Moonlight and thought to himself, that, but made relatable to my core demographic (i.e., an aging, gay & gay-friendly middlebrow audience that probably still flinches at the notion of identifying as “queer”).

    Two Timothée Chalamet movies within 24 hours is definitely more than the Recommended Daily Allowance of Timothée Chalamet. This was also the first Armie Hammer movie where I wasn’t…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    Hey. Remember that thing you like? They made more, and they didn’t screw it up this time. They went back to the original recipe.

    Boy, did they ever.

    The Force Awakens doubles down on the series’ talismanic repetition of phrases and situations, to the point that it might as well be a remake of the first film. Unfortunately, it’s a sequel, and the weakest moments in the film are easily those featuring the original trilogy cast. (To be blunt, having…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming


    A soulless superhero franchise film and an inept high school comedy try to make it work for the sake of the kids; the forced smiles and underlying tension permeate every moment.

    As a super-hero movie, Homecoming is exactly the glop you’d expect from two movie studios executing two competing business plans. I knew that this movie would ultimately devolve into a blur of CGI—they all do—so I could hardly be surprised or disappointed by that. My hopes and fears were…