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  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★

    A good cast, a GREAT premise, and even a cold,  unsettling tone that I was here for. But in its bleak execution it is a lot of grim, fairly alienating tedium.

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Serviceable enough, I guess. I like Danny Devito and I like even a mediocre third act heist. It’s a formula that works. The satire of Disney was way way sharper in something like the original Shrek (people forget that about the first Shrek!) but then that’s to be expected.  


    My mom cried on cue, extensively, every time Dumbo flew, but I cried like six times during Endgame by myself and I think two of those times involved a magical hammer so it’s whatever

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  • Skin

    Skin

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hoo boy. Some stuff in this makes me mad. Half of this is pure wish fulfillment fantasy (in our reality there are no roving bands of black toughs enacting righteous, poetically ironic  justice against white supremacists, but the gang of white supremacists attacking the black man in the parking lot? Happens every day)
    There is room for Django Unchained / Inglorious Basterds-style wishful revisionism, but this short skirts right up to the edge of both siderism, the edge moment being…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    This is one of those that presents a real philosophical dilemma on personal rating systems. Like, should this maybe be 5 stars? The lane that it's driving in, however you choose to define it (broad appeal mainstream comedy or whatever), it succeeds at it wonderfully. The action scenes are quite good, better than many action scenes in many ostensible action movies. There is at least one scene that reaches for Edgar Wright-levels of visual comedy. The casting is pitch perfect.…