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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    ”Dago, wop, guinea, garlic-breath, pizza-slingin', spaghetti-bendin', Vic Damone, Perry Como, Luciano Pavarotti, Sole Mio, nonsingin' motherfucker.”

    Score: 72/100

    A pressure cooker if there ever was one. Spike Lee portrays overt caricatures of Brooklyn residents; a predominantly black neighborhood with a pizza shop owned by a white Italian, and a small grocery owned by a pair of Koreans. The owner of the pizza shop, Sal (Danny Aiello), has not only his two Italians sons working for him, but also a local…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★½

    ”I ain't afraid to die anymore. I'd done it already.”

    Score: 67/100

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Another one that I was half-expecting to dislike based on the mostly negative opinions of my peers and some of my most trusted movie critics. I was roped in from the beautiful and brutal opening attack sequence; Alejandro Iñárritu’s presence behind the lens becomes apparent immediately—swooping and tracking one man in the field of battle until he meets his demise, then following his killer until…

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  • The Kids Are All Right

    The Kids Are All Right

    ★★½

    ” I wish you were gay. You'd be much more sensitive.”

    Score: 40/100

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Not ‘bad’… just massively forgettable, largely uninspired, shamelessly predictable, and painfully dull. The only one worth watching here is Annette Bening; rather give-or-take on Julianne Moore’s performance, and Mark Ruffalo constantly looks like he’d rather be somewhere else (OUTSIDE the context of his character, that is). The entire ‘lesbians-having-two-kids-with-a-common-sperm-donor’ angle feels like a Hail Mary bid at injecting some sort of feigned freshness into…

  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★½

    ”You're right, Prospector. I can't stop Andy from growing up... but I wouldn't miss it for the world.”

    Score: 84/100

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Having revisited this for the first since its release (as an adolescent), I’m kind of shocked that Toy Story 2 is almost unanimously considered the worst of the trilogy. Aside from lack of conceptual originality, I think Toy Story 2 improves on just about every single aspect of the first one (which was already really great to…