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Dont-think-twice Just Watch Once

Don’t Think Twice isn’t quite a misfire, but it’s still a bit disappointing after such a promising start. The first half hour or so felt as if it was setting up the best, most original comedy of 2016. Eventually, Don’t Think Twice settled for “existential crisis about adult-ing in New York” territory so “by the numbers” that I was amazed Lena Dunham hadn’t shown up…until Lena Dunham actually showed up. After...


Kubo Hard Not to Laika

“Show your work.”

That statement is both an admonition given by rigid mathematics instructors and part of the reason why stop-motion animation continues to captivate. The meticulous, painstaking craft of slowly posing miniature figures requires an effort that simply doesn’t come across when watching computer animation. It’s not to say that the latter doesn’t require intense work and produce quality art, only that...


The-nice-guys-trailer3 Funny Noir Die

Sporting dialogue hotter than a recently spent shell casing and comedy slightly less dark than a necrophiliac stand-up comedian’s set, The Nice Guys targets a niche audience. Luckily, I am pretty much the captain of the populace living in said niche. Crudely clever and savagely stylish, writer/director Shane Black’s latest doesn’t quite equal the magic of his Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but everyone knows Ryan Gosling is a...


Indignation-sundance-20161 You Keep Using That Word…

The word “indignation” is used to describe anger provoked by what is perceived to be unfair treatment…so why is the new film by James Schmaus called Indignation? I know it’s the title of the original novel by Phillip Roth, but that doesn’t mean it works for the film adaptation. It must be a feeling that’s much more prevalent in the novel because, as far as I could tell, the lead character’s “indignation” only...


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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

A classically "Herzog-ian" documentary about the Internet.

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B+

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Hell or High Water

Two brothers take to bank robbing, as an old lawman chases them down.

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A comedy about comedians, this is just barely entertaining enough!

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B-

Kubo and the Two Strings

Another stop-motion animated gem from Laika that is simply gorgeous.

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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-

Indignation

A slow-burn movie about sexual awakening that never catches fire.

GRADE
D+

Under the Sun

A stealth documentary about North Korea that's among the year's best.

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A

Sausage Party

Sentient food do really gross things in this potent satire.

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A

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