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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Ya’ll serious?

  • Terminator Salvation

    Terminator Salvation

    ★★

    I try not to think too hard about star ratings, but Terminator Salvation is the perfect example of a two out of five. Everything in it is uninspired, but not the kind of uninspired that is heinous or agonizingly boring. The archetypes used are more or less left intact and traipse through a series of familiar subplots at a leisurely pace. The devastated sci-fi war zone is full of familiar sound stage fare and unremarkable CG effects; it is populated…

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  • Stardust Memories

    Stardust Memories

    ★★★★★

    This is the Woody Allen litmus test. Everyone can agree that Annie Hall and Manhattan are great films, but Stardust Memories, a film that handily equals its predecessors, has had something of a cold reception. To some extent, Stardust's critical reception actually enhances the film because it actually reinforces the central theme. Sure, most critics picked up on Stardust's autobiographical nature and everyone sees the comparisons to 8 1/2, but that's window-dressing, not content. The film opens with a scene…

  • Rent

    Rent

    ★½

    I just could not believe less in any of these characters. In fact, I don't even like them. They all feel tailor-made to be exactly the kind of subtly boundary pushing series of non-white archetypes to challenge but not terrify a white middle class audience who try infering authenticity in a film rife with comfortable facade. In this way, Rent is not only unsuccessful in engendering sympathy for a subculture in a more secure and financially stable mainstream, but also…