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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★½

    Alternate title: No Duh!

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★

    When it comes to exaggerating and distorting nonfiction stories with Hollywood pitter-patter for the express purpose of allegorically diagnosing a real-world problem, as in Moneyball and The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin is the most brilliant blowhard money can buy. But when he applies the same technique purely as a means of historical reenactment, with only vague relation to the present day, the brilliance gets dialed down and the blowhard overwhelms. This is lefty politics as pure schlock, like high school…

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  • Diner

    Diner

    ★★★½

    Back when Mickey Rourke was gonna be Brando. I kept saying to my wife, "wow, they really captured 1959 accurately." I was born in 1983.

  • Black Book

    Black Book

    ★★★★½

    Paul Verhoeven is the only director vulgar enough to dump a vat of human shit on a Jewish protagonist in a WWII movie, and the only director subversive enough to have the anti-Nazi forces do it.