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  • It

    It

    ★★★

    The casting, dialogue and tone of the scenes with the kids being kids is so note-perfect and the "scary" scenes are such a slog of cheap jump scares, overbearing score and wonky CGI that I wish more than anything this had been a remake of The Monster Squad instead.

  • Little Evil

    Little Evil

    ★★

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    Conclusive proof that without Simon Pegg's grounded prickliness Edgar Wright spins off into cutesy bullshit. The "musical" sequences never really come together, with rising action consistently undercut before it reaches a point of catharsis. Not helped at all by the fact that the entire film is anchored by one of the most artificial, repellent romances in recent cinema, or that Jamie Foxx's genuinely menacing character seems teleported in from a better, more intense movie and makes everyone else look like they're playing pretend.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★

    50 Shades of Ideology
    by Slavoj Zizek

    50 Shades of Grey is most assuredly a fantasy. But it is not, as those who flocked to theaters this weekend to bask in its spectacle believe, a sex fantasy. Rather, it is a fantasy enactment of the relationship between the neoliberal subject and Capital. All of the misery and exploitation that are caused by Capital are justified by the idea of consent. We all, as individuals, enter into bilateral relationships with capital…