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  • Mr. Roosevelt

    Mr. Roosevelt

    A little bit Bridesmaids, a little bit Obvious Child, a little bit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a little bit Frances Ha, and a whole lot goofy. (And maybe some Young Adult, but with a less inherently selfish and caustic protagonist.) This one took a little while to grow on me, but eventually it comes around from feeling eager-to-please and awkward, and matures into a breakneck do-your-own-thing comedy that's really authentically funny.

  • The Incredible Jessica James

    The Incredible Jessica James

    This indie rom-com (with touches of anti-rom-com) was a really satisfying watch for me for a pretty simple reason: the eponymous protagonist is utterly confident about her own awesomeness, and she's not wrong about it, either. She's not arrogant when she responds to a tepid compliment with "Everybody likes me, I'm friggin' dope." She just isn't afflicted with the clumsiness, awkwardness, low self-esteem, and constant self-guessing that seems to be the default for America's romantic female leads in rom-coms and…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


    I've been complaining for years that Batman doesn't spend enough time shooting people to death, torturing them with red-hot bat symbols, and making bush-league intellectual mistakes. Thank goodness Zack Snyder finally made a movie for me!

    Snark aside… My actual review over at Verge gets into how the film is built entirely around reacting to, and trying to combat, the reactions to Man Of Steel.

  • Get Out

    Get Out


    This movie is funny. This movie is political. This movie is intelligent and wicked and very, very calculated. This movie is sometimes visually stunning, and impeccably acted.

    But mostly, it's scary as hell.

    For the love of cinema, do not watch the spoilery-ass trailers. Do not read any reviews unless you trust the reviewers to be circumspect about giving away the plot. Go in as blind as possible and just let the story's surprises unfold. Assuming you're okay with scary…