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  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street

    More of the same, but more - yet somehow less.

    Yes, still winningly performed, but stretches some of the virtues of its predecessor far further than necessary. The Bromance/romance parallels are at times excruciatingly played-out (the counselling scene in particular really ought to have been more concise and less laboured), and where the first film quickly and wittily dealt with the business of franchise resurrection early on, here the new target of sequel-itis is far too frequently whack-a-moled with the…

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★

    OS! Be Like a Wife! (Mikio Naruse, 1935)

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  • American Mary

    American Mary

    ★★★

    Eponymous protagonist well sketched, but narrative slips out of focus, & body mod plot never as subversive as promises

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a camera dollying into actors' faces - forever.