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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★½

    The MCU in microcosm: silly, often a little lugubrious, frequently repetitive, riddled with fan service, but ultimately engrossing, winning you over with humor, idiosyncrasy, and a terrific cast, and eventually you come to a (slightly begrudging, but nevertheless) respect for what they're actually somehow pulling off here.

  • The Devil's Advocate

    The Devil's Advocate

    ★★★

    SCENT OF A DEMON

  • Act of Vengeance

    Act of Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    It takes a lot to shock me.

  • Into the Abyss

    Into the Abyss

    ★★★★

    Sort of a drag.

  • Miss Bala

    Miss Bala

    ★½

    Embarrassingly defanged and pandering.

  • The Professor and the Madman

    The Professor and the Madman

    ★★★

    Honestly I've seen way worse episodes of Masterpiece Theatre.

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé

    ★★★★

    I'm not the first and won't be the last to suggest that this belongs in the concert doc pantheon with stuff like STOP MAKING SENSE, TRUTH OR DARE, or MONTEREY POP. Anyway beyond any cultural context it's just a killer show.

  • Domino

    Domino

    As a narrative feature this doesn't work, for reasons that you can intuit both from reports of feuds with producers and from watching this obviously truncated piece, but there's a line of dialogue in CASUALTIES OF WAR where someone basically says that being a witness isn't hazardous, and it's treated with the utmost incredulity. Without giving too much away, there's a version of this that's a full extrapolation of that, De Palma style, and being that he's always been repetitive…

  • Satan in High Heels

    Satan in High Heels

    ★★★

    Quite a slow burn, but I'm a sucker for these vintage sex-tinged movies where a smart, industrious, manipulative, and yes, not very nice woman cons a bunch of dipshit men out of their dignity and money. It helps that formally this is a bit of a step up from the industrial-lit cardboard set standard, and the songs ain't so bad.

  • Streets

    Streets

    ★★½

    Sort of a diet Penelope Spheeris film. All the attempts at verisimilitude feel entirely manufactured, naive.

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★½

    Desperate and ugly. Can't even muster a fraction of the visual imagination of the otherwise-also-disappointing del Toro ones. I mean at least those don't look and sound completely like garbage.

  • The Bone Collector

    The Bone Collector

    ★★