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Matt has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2016.

  • The Witness

    The Witness

    ★★★★

    Documentary as off-beat detective story: Almost 50 years after his sister was killed in what would become one of the most famous crimes of the 20th century, Bill Genovese sets out to uncover the truth of Kitty Genovese’s murder. For decades, every psychology student (this one included) learned what happened to her: She was stabbed on a street in Kew Gardens, dozens of people heard her cries for help, and no one did anything.

    Bill Genovese finds that that’s not…

  • Weiner

    Weiner

    ★★★★

    What a putz.

  • Cop Car

    Cop Car

    ★★★★

    Into it.

  • Don't Think Twice

    Don't Think Twice

    ★★★★

    I really enjoyed this, and not just because I’m the exact same age as the characters and can relate to their crippling anxieties about my (whoops I mean their) inadequacies and failures. It honestly had nothing to do with that.

    Not at all.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    I needed this movie. A reminder thrillers don’t have to be dumb, and smart movies don’t have to be boring.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★

    It’s been a while since the crew of the Starship Enterprise visited a strange new world in search of new life and civilizations. The Star Trek of television was full of strange new worlds; the Enterprise seemed to discover one every single week. The Trek movies, so focused on special effects, violence, and intricate revenge plots, have frequently strayed from Trek’s original mission. And while there’s plenty of action and excitement in Star Trek Beyond, there’s also a clear attempt…

  • (T)ERROR

    (T)ERROR

    ★★★★

    Provocative stuff. And even though the filmmakers never appear on camera, their perspective on these events and their bold filmmaking choices are present in every scene.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★

    First half still works way better than the second for me, but the purpose of the two together did feel clearer this time out, namely that while the hotel stuff is obviously a satire of relationships, dating, and societal pressure to couple up, the forest's target is a bit more diffuse (and yeah, obviously it inverts the dynamics so now instead of mandatory coupling even flirtation is outlawed). Combined, they add up to this cautionary tale about the way rigid…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    I kind of wish this was set in the present day so these characters could cross over with The Other Guys for The Other Nice Guys. Instead, I will settle for a movie with Ferrell and Gosling together. Make that happen Hollywood, kthnxbai

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Smokey and the Bandit

    Smokey and the Bandit

    ★★★★

    Chicken soup in cinematic form. Good for what ails you.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

    Johnny Depp does an uncanny impression of an animatronic robot.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

    I don't know that I've ever disliked a movie's first 20 minutes more and then swung completely in the opposite direction and wound up absolutely loving the rest. But I've started to wonder if that's by design. 


    (Full review at ScreenCrush.)