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  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Eighth Grade

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  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★★

  • Firestarter

    ★½

  • Spring Awakening: Those You've Known

    ★★★½

  • Senior Year

    ★★

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  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★★

    Part of what makes Bob’s such a special show, a feature that thankfully translates over to the feature, is that it’s always been a show that celebrates its characters’ imperfections. Yes, Bob may overthink things and Linda may be overeager, but whenever those qualities get them in trouble those same qualities will help them save the day.

    That ethos is true for every aspect of the show (character design, voice casting), particularly in its musical numbers, which combine sincere ballads…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★½

    Zac Efron's career looking like that alley cat

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★½

    Pretty bold to make your movie a big ode to Nic Cage and fundamentally misunderstand what makes him interesting as an actor. Genuinely feel bad for Cage, whose idiosyncrasies are reduced down to “randomly yells really loud.” The thing that occasionally makes his performances funny is Nic Cage can operate at a different rhythm from the film he’s in or the other actors around him. His choices are incredibly hard to predict. He’ll take a quiet moment and make it…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    Even for a cuckoo clock ass filmmaker this was a cuckoo clock ass movie. Borrow whatever adjectives you normally use to describe Wes Anderson’s work: pretty, pristine, picture-book - they all apply here. This was the first time watching one of his films where I felt that dedication to aesthetic exhaust me.

    There are amusing moments and terrific performances throughout but none of it actually feels inhabited by human beings. It’s flatter than the pages in a magazine.