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Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Yas, Queens!

 

Beasts of Burden

 

Construction’s Fun, Son

Writers/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have stepped on the modern zeitgeist as forcefully as most of us have once stepped on the jagged foot-killers known as Lego blocks. The Lego Movie is kind of insane. Half the time, it operates on a critical meta-level—actually, sometimes it’s a meta-meta level—while lovingly embracing the spasticity of imaginative kids. The animation isn’t smooth like CGI or soft...


Check Out These Tiny Packages!

Just as the short story trembles in the footprint of the novel, the short film plays David to feature-length film Goliaths. But with the help of shiny, naked bald men, these wee bits of cinematic splendor step from the shadows and sling their short shots. And in the 12 years I’ve had the pleasure of covering them, this year’s bunch is easily the best.

Live-Action Short Films

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)...


Rome Alone

Honestly, at least half of the people who describe films as “Fellini-esque” have no idea what the hell they’re talking about. The term has become a pseudointellectual catch-all to describe flights of artistic fancy, when there is a very real and specific definition for that descriptor. As a point of reference, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is so Fellini-esque, someone needs to pull on writer/director Paolo...


Bland. James Bland.

What the hell is a “shadow recruit?” Did they really just figure out the terrorist target via Instagram? Does Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) win the award for “most stereotypical Russian villain in history” now that we know he has cirrhosis from drinking too much vodka? And seriously, what the hell is a shadow recruit?!

A good movie leaves you questioning previous notions. A series of cliches vaguely edited...


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

GRADE
B

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The Nice Guys

The pulp noir gleeful misadventures of two jerks who unravel a conspiracy involving porn and climate change in the 1970s.

GRADE
A-

Louder Than Bombs

A bunch of stereotypical quasi-characters brood and pout, if you like such things...

GRADE
D-

Sing Street

A pleasant 1980s-set coming-of-age music-based movie that is a little cliched but still fun.

GRADE
B

On DVD

The Witch

A boring "horror" movie in which the scariest thing is the hygeine of American pilgrims. 

GRADE
F

Francofonia

An uncomplicated but visually experimental documentary simplistically arguing: "Museums good."

GRADE
B

Embrace the Serpent

A routine "Heart of Darkness" story that's something special.

GRADE
A

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