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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★½

    Cirrus. Socrates. Particle. Decibel. Hurricane. Dolphin. Tulip. Monica. David. Monica.

    One of the few (or only) Spielberg movies where the concept at play seems larger and more spectacular than the film itself. That’s not a complaint though—Kubrick’s influence frames everything—so much so that at times A.I. feels like a storyline fragment that broke off during Dave’s journey through the colored vortex in 2001.

  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★

    1 star for the VHS cover
    1 star for Michael Douglas’s 80s power mullet

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  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★★½

    This movie ranks among some of the greatest kid gang movies of all time: Goonies, Sandlot, Stand By Me, etc.

    The paranormal MacGuffin is really well done, but the feel-good storyline driven by smart ass kids who know how to save the day is what’ll make me want to see this again.

    Super 8 is pretty much all I want a movie to be… Fun to watch.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★½

    Suicide Squad is 20 trailers interspersed with misplaced flashback sequences that fail to compensate for the lack of a story, vision, or theme.

    Boom! We’re doing something! Cue the Black Sabbath, AC/DC, White Stripes, Creedence, etc. song—then show everybody walking together in slow motion. Repeat. Over. And over.

    I suppose this is what you get for hiring a trailer house to edit your film (HT Tony Zhou)…

    So while Ayer pursued his original vision, Warners set about working on a…