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  • Isn't It Romantic

    Isn't It Romantic

    ★★★½

    Is it a cheat, or an impressive tightwire act, to spoof romantic comedy tropes while also fully embracing them? Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, a New York-based architect who has resigned herself, as a plus-sized woman, to being invisible to others—until she wakes up from a knock on the head to find herself living inside a romantic comedy where her apartment is improbably massive, flowers line every street and men see her as beautiful. Erin Cardillo’s screenplay generally only takes…

  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★½

    Only after the movie was over did I realize that this Foreign Language Oscar nominee from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2007 Oscar-winner The Lives of Others) was an in-all-but-name “great artist biopic”—based on the life of Gerhard Richter—but in hindsight, that explains a lot. The narrative follows the life of aspiring artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) over the course of 26 years, from his childhood in Nazi Germany dealing with the tragic loss of his beloved aunt (Saskia Rosendahl), to…

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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter

    ★★★½

    That was an entertaining and informative movie!
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    But that's all I really have to say. I'm glad I saw it. It was good.
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    I won't. What if I cause harm to my #brand by just blathering when I've said all I needed to say?
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    WE ARE FINISHED HERE.

  • Beautiful Creatures

    Beautiful Creatures

    ★★½

    Who are these terrible, terrible lead actor kids and why are they interrupting a perfectly good Jeremy Irons/Emma Thompson ham-off?