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  • La Notte
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Scarecrow
  • Viva Las Vegas

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  • Passing

    ★★½

  • Flee

    ★★★½

  • Belfast

    ★★½

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

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  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys

    ★★★★

    Dubious racial coding but riveting all the same. The pillowcase beatdown is as gnarly as anything in an S. Craig Zahler movie, and that climactic fight, which is mostly two dudes locked in a recurring stalemate, is gratifyingly real. Penn becoming the new kingpin never really goes anywhere, nor do the gestures towards illiteracy being one of the major culprits of juvenile delinquency, but the film glides past its own shortcomings with an energy that rarely flags.

  • The Super Bob Einstein Movie

    The Super Bob Einstein Movie

    ★★½

    Hilarious clips, but there are whole elephants just being ignored.

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  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

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

    I hate this movie for all its cutesy quoting of Wrath of Khan while trying and spectacularly failing to sublet its gravitas. I hate it for casting the whitest actor on Earth as a man named Khan Noonien Singh. I hate it for the way that every shot in the back half is a three-ring circus of lens flares, cluttered sets, and CGI embellishments. I hate it for turning Spock into Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory". I hate it…

  • Failure to Launch

    Failure to Launch

    ★★

    Kathy Bates has this beautiful moment at the end of the film where she worries about living alone with her husband of 35+ years for the first time in decades "because what if he doesn't like me?" It made me angry that I'd spent the last 100 minutes watching this movie instead of that one.