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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★½

    In its trailers Game Night certainly had the look of something that would be rather forgettable but after its release I did end up hearing a surprising number of positive things about it. Though it doesn’t entirely signal it, Game Night is meant to be something of a parody of the style and work of David Fincher (particularly early pre-Zodiac David Fincher) and twisty thrillers in general. Its plot has a great deal in common with Fincher’s 1997 film The…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    2014 was not a good year for Marvel. That was the year that Avengers: Age of Ultron came out and proved to be a rather unruly mess, and that was followed by a strange little movie called Ant-Man. Ant-Man is to date the third lowest grossing Marvel film after The Incredible Hulk and the first Captain America and to those in the know the final film kind of lived in the shadow of the fact that Edgar Wright was once…

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★½

    Man, what a misguided endeavor this whole Hobbit thing was. I’ve long maintained that the problems with this spinoff series run a lot deeper than the decision to split it into three movies but out of the three this is definitely the one that suffers most from the padding. It’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of the last parts of these needlessly split movies like The Matrix Revolutions or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows- Part 2,” they end…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★

    One of the most common title formats in cinema is the “American [fill in the blank]” format, which as far as I can tell goes back at least as far as 1973’s American Graffiti and has been used dozens of times. It may or may not be as common as the “[fill in the blank] Story” format be it’s certainly the more loaded of the two. It’s not a titling convention that’s often used for mellow movies with modest intentions,…