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  • Taxi Driver
  • Paddington
  • The Irishman
  • Pieces of April

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  • Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★½

  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★★

  • Lone Survivor

    ★★★

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  • Superman Returns

    Superman Returns

    ★★★

    The performances of the central three characters (Superman/Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Lex Luther) draw immediate comparisons to those in the 4 preceding Superman films , not merely because they are new people in old roles, but because they play them remarkably the same. Superman Returns is also caught somewhere between sequel and soft reboot, with enough implications to imply the former and, thankfully, not enough 'origin story' retreading to constitute the latter. And as a pseudo-sequel, I was relieved…

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★★

    Unhinged is really unabashed in its painting of the antagonist, Man, as a vague representation a very male specific brand of entitlement and rage, providing enough context to sell the idea without wasting time on a complicated backstory. The motivation is there and it is distilled into its simplest form so that Russel Crowe's huffing, puffing rage comes across as single-minded and terrifying, and even his expository dialogue conveys his warped delusions without hitting the point of boring villain monologuing…

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  • The Number 23

    The Number 23

    ★½

    The filmic equivalent of the draw-triangles-on-random-objects-and-call-it-Illuminati meme.

  • Christmas with the Kranks

    Christmas with the Kranks

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

    In its own middlebrow, noxiously 'tasteful' way, this is one of the most offensive films I've ever seen. I'm not speaking on the level of race, gender, or sexuality, which, as a lack of diverse representation, is a systematic issue. The film most definitely puts the 'white' in "White Christmas" and does nothing to question or deviate from the cookie cutter gender roles of the 1950s, but as people, the characters are all human enough and given their dignity. But…