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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★½

    Jimmy Logan, the protagonist of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, lives in south-eastern West Virginia, close to his daughter and ex-wife. The action of the film begins when he’s fired from his job at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Somehow, the film doesn’t mention (or doesn’t realize?) that his daily routine includes a 3 hour, 200 mile drive from home to work, and then the same drive again at the end of each work day. Does this matter? Let me put it this…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★

    Science fiction film is in a bit of a strange place in the 2010s. Star Wars is back. Star Trek is back. Even Blade Runner is back. The majority of high-profile sci-fi fare banks on nostalgia, while remaining (intentionally or not) mired in a mise en scène redefined by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Outliers that buck the pattern are risky – the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending was a critical disaster and squeaked by on a narrow worldwide profit margin.

    And now,…

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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★

    I’m sure that you, like me, are immediately wondering if Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic has anything to do with Elton John’s classic album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The answer, sadly, is no. No dulcet piano ballads, no catchy riffs, no heartfelt autobiographical choruses. However, if you hate Elton John and love self-righteous polemics on mainstream American society dressed up as family drama, then you’re going to love this one.

    ~ Read full review at Battleship Pretension!
    battleshippretension.com/captain-fantastic-better-off-dead-by-josh-long

  • Digging for Fire

    Digging for Fire

    ★★★★

    Whether or not mainstream audiences like Joe Swanberg films, actors definitely do, and that’s one of the reasons he’s able to keep making movies. If you don’t believe it, look at the folks who pop up in Digging for Fire – Sam Rockwell, Orlando Bloom, Mike Bribiglia, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Brie Larson, Jenny Slate, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Livingston…you get the idea. And that’s the supporting cast. It makes sense that actors would be drawn to Swanberg’s filmmaking. It’s very…