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  • Selma



    How to make a non-ossified biopic about an inherently noble cause/person:

    1. Focus on one small part of the character's life.
    2. Focus on the backroom deals, the horse-trading, the deal-making and the compromises needed to make progress.
    3. Cast an actor who's as good a listener as David Oyelowo, who's commanding without ever feeling pre-bronzed because he's constantly leaning in to what everyone's saying and weighing information.
    4. On top of that, get someone like Ava DuVernay to direct,…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World


    I genuinely cannot remember the last time I was this bored in a theater or this dispirited walking out.

    I'm not going to pretend that the other Jurassic Park films feature the the most dynamic characters around, but even the two lesser sequels give them moments. Here, everything is mercenary, with people introduced only to be dropped or killed and forgotten in their next scene. It can't decide whether it wants Irrfan Khan's billionaire to be the next John Hammond,…