A.A. Dowd

Writer/editor for hire. Formerly: The A.V. Club, Time Out Chicago.

Favorite films

  • Sans Soleil
  • Audition
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  • Crimes of the Future

  • Lake of Fire

    ★★★★½

  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★

    Shameless nostalgia pandering disguised as a goof on the same, with a thin layer of diet Lonely Island irreverence sprinkled on top of a parade of cameos and references of the Space Jam: A New Legacy variety. Notably, the bad guy is a bootlegger trying to crassly exploit Disney's intellectual property, instead of leaving that to Disney itself. I'll confess, I did laugh at E.T. vs. Batman.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Full Digital Trends review. Mildly impressive—not because it's a better movie than Top Gun (that's a low bar to clear), but because it's significantly better while also treating Top Gun with an almost religious devotion, as though it were a sacred text.

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  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★★

    "What do you think you're doing firing on civilians? That's for the police to do!"

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

    Pivotal scene is the bluntly confessional conversation where the movie just comes right out and tells us that Warner Bros. was going to make more Matrix with or without everyone involved, so Lana and Keanu and company signed on to protect the franchise best they could. Afraid I don't find that daring so much as just depressingly revealing: a kind of apology for the film's very existence—and one that betrays the animating inspiration of the whole endeavor as a begrudged,…