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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★

    The last phrase in this the exact phrase I was thing by the end: "What the fuck?" It's also the phrase I was thinking during the first twenty minutes, the last twenty minutes, and all those minutes in between.

    The twee, mid-2000s-style indie pop soundtrack does its best Polyphonic Spree impression, lilting angelically as the shipwrecked Hank (Paul Dano) finds the dead body of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). The two go on a journey of self discovery, and a literal journey…

  • Frankenweenie

    Frankenweenie

    ★★★★

    Let me state this first: I hate Tim Burton. He's a hack who has skated by on aesthetic and "vision" and $20 t-shirts sold at Hot Topic. He's accidented himself into the occasional good film (Sweeney Todd, although I'm a bit nervous how I'd respond to that today), but even shit like Edward Scissorhands is overblown, pompous drivel.

    But Frankenweenie! My interest in animation overrode my wrath toward Tim Burton and I'm glad it did. Frankenweenie leans heavily on its…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    I like Star Wars, but my love is Harry Potter. At certain stages, my Harry Potter passion drives me into the dubious world of fan fiction. It's a weird thing, fanfic. So many ideas, some even conveyed with decent spelling and grammar and, hell, an acute stylistic flair. Rogue One feels the world like Star Wars fanfic. It's an eager ode to the original trilogy, kind of commendable for its bright-eyed optimism, but ultimately it rings hollow.

    The intentions are…