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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Actors I forgot were in the first John Wick: Willem Dafoe, Clarke Peters, Adrianne Palicki, and Michael Nyqvist. I also forgot how dryly funny this one is at times, like when John nonchalantly bumps in to Peters’ fellow assassin and they exchange the blandest of pleasantries. They’re competitors, in a certain sense, but they’re more like colleagues who share a peculiar vocation (they are essentially traveling salesman whose product is death).

    On the one hand, this is an outrageous amount…

  • The Beast Within: Making 'Alien'

    The Beast Within: Making 'Alien'

    ★★★½

    “This is always stronger than everything else,” Ridley Scott says, pointing at his brain. Yup.

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★½

    The best little detail: The repeated shots of the window that reads APPROVED on the credit card machine filling the entire frame, as if the line of ill-gotten credit itself is endorsing these women’s activities.

  • Love on a Leash

    Love on a Leash

    ½

    If you tried to make the worst movie humanly possible — and in the midst of that endeavor a dog somehow ate your camera and all of your memory cards and you had to cut something together out of the scraps of surviving footage at the last minute to present something at your contractually mandated premiere — you couldn’t make something this awful. It makes Birdemic look like The Birds. It makes Ed Wood look like Edward Albee. It makes Tommy Wiseau look like Thomas Pynchon. Truly, a new low in the world of movies.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    Brad Pitt head out into deep space to search for his missing father in Dad Astra, coming soon to theaters everywhere.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★½

    I was super sick today and I didn’t have chicken soup so I watched this instead. I’m pretty sure there’s never been a more perfect scene than the “Drive It Like You Stole It” music video fantasy sequence.

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★½

    The key to this whole thing is the casting of Justin Timberlake, actual rock star, as Sean Parker. He looks enough like Jesse Eisenberg (right down to the curly hair) that they could be brothers — if one hit the DNA jackpot and the other rolled a snake eyes. That’s who Mark wants to be. And he’s so close

    Also, I’ve decided that Armie Hammer should only play twins from now on. Like, an Armie Hammer buddy comedy where he plays both buddies. Or a reverse Vertigo where he’s the Kim Novak character. Search your feelings; you know I’m right.

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★½

    First time rewatching this since it came out. I like it better when it’s about a man confronting his younger self (and vice versa) and less when it becomes The Terminator meets the thought experiment about killing telekinetic Hitler as a baby. Still, credit to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for being a better Bruce Willis than Bruce Willis.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    Queen Anne puking into a bucket on her right while almost simultaneously filling her mouth with pieces of a cake sitting on her left is cinema’s most aspirational figure. Long live the Queen.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

    Welp, there goes my plan to pivot from film criticism to lighthouse keeping. Now what?!?

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Tired: Mad Max: Fury Road has this century’s best car chases.

    Wired: Mad Max: Fury Road is this century’s most Biblical and spiritual film.

    (Side note: They built all these outrageous vehicles for this movie. They all worked. Where are they now?)

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★★

    I watched this movie for the first time days after my dog died, and it gutted me.

    Then they sent me a Blu-ray and my daughter found it and wanted to watch it, so we put it on, and it was literally the day after I took her to Pre-K for the first time — and it gutted me all over again.

    WHY DO I KEEP WATCHING THIS MOVIE AT THE MOST EMOTIONALLY INOPPORTUNE TIMES?!?