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  • Croc-Blanc

    Croc-Blanc

    ★★★

    Really wanted to love this animated version of Jack London's White Fang, one of my favorite childhood books. (And still better than the more famous Call of the Wild, dammit.) The CGI animation, which uses mo-cap for smooth, realistic movement, is very pretty, and downright gorgeous when exploring the vistas of the Yukon. But the story feels pretty sanitized to me, and it's surprisingly slow and episodic for a story with so much action. This makes me want to re-read the book, and seek out some of the other adaptations to see if they're a little less cute and kid-friendly.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Unquestionably the craziest movie at Sundance 2018, and also one of the most daring. Yeah, it's a bit notionally sloppy, but it's the kind of film that's so over-the-top ambitious and crowded with ideas, of course they aren't going to land. Writer-director Boots Riley (of The Coup) reminds me of Terry Gilliam in this film — anarchic, over-the-top, completely idiosyncratic, and startling as hell. Also, I've reached the point where just seeing Lakeith Stanfield showing up onscreen makes me smile.

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    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…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    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.