The Circle ★★

The movie has some really good anxieties about the increasing connectivity of the world around us thanks to private companies that are able to monitor everything about us all for marketing data. It's also occasionally smart in a way that lifts it above, say, any given Black Mirror episode, portraying the anxieties as the legitimate push-and-pull of improving society versus freedom and privacy.

It also has a great cast featuring some of my favorite still-up-and-coming actors like John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Ellen Wong, and (my favorite of this bunch) Mamoudou Athie. Add in Bill Paxton and Tom Hanks, and you have a great ensemble!

With all that, then... why the hell was this movie so lame?

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