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  • The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    Talk about targeted content, Jesus: This was produced primarily for people born in the year 1983 who lived within 30 minutes of the Caldecott Tunnel between the years of 1988 and 1993, and I am somehow all of those things—which makes this intentionally inaccurate yet strangely specific musical send-up “Extremely My Shit,” as the kids say in 2019. I can only imagine how this would fit into my personal pantheon, etched upon the concrete face of Mount Davis, if Sandberg,…

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

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

    A patient widower tries to warn a local university about an unscrupulous professor in their ranks, and is vindicated only after a grievous accident, almost certainly caused by the professor himself.

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  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    ★★½

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★

    Noble mediocrity, of the most self-consciously humble order. Co-writer and director Tom McCarthy starts with an unnecessary flashback and tip-toes through the chronology of events with the literal-mindedness of a 7th-grade book report: Convenient facts, laid out in a row, delivered with the shrunken vocabulary of a child. It's a work of service-journalism that wants to be judged on its clear-eyed morality; it deserves to be seen as an artless, charmless piece of homework that refuses to challenge its audience…