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  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Nearly every movie that comes out these days is as absurd, as heightened, as unrealistic as The Book of Henry, but it's easier to follow when it's superpowered superheroes instead of a child's fable that takes place in something resembling the real world. (A decade ago Wayne Kramer's Running Scared did a similar thing, albeit much more effectively, and was also wildly misunderstood.) A boy genius must rescue an enchanted princess who's held captive by her evil stepfather, the king…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★

    "Wow, this is great. I'm really proud of our work here."
    "Yeah, me too."
    "How should we end it?"
    "Idk."
    "So... We'll just end it then?"
    "Yeah, I mean... whatever."
    "Cool."
    "Cool."

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  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    ★★★★★

    A truly great movie marred by David Schmader's condescending live commentary. It really takes balls to make a name for yourself acting superior to a work of art so singular that you've been able to spend a decade coasting off your loose association with it. Schmader derides Verhoeven's own thoughtful insights, which on their face have more merit than Schmader's smug self-satisfaction. At the show's nadir, he claims the moral high ground over Showgirls by refusing to show the rape…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★★

    I really need a YouTube series or something where I can effectively unpack the love I have for these movies that must leave most of you shaking your heads in befuddlement. ("There he goes again," I imagine you all saying.) Jamie Dornan is woefully miscast, but otherwise this is a fascinating movie: Divorced from the notion of franchises and novels and media saturation, this is essentially about two people who ultimately learn they aren't right for each other in spite…