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matt has written 60 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2018.

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins

    ★★★½

    Capitalism is a failure of imagination.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★½

    aka KRILL.

    That's a pun on the movie KRULL, because just like that movie this is one of the most insanely dumb, totally fucking dorky things I've ever seen, frankly exhausting, and I basically loved it.

  • Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers

    Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers

    ★★★½

    Foghorn Leghorn's favorite film, a cornpone Florida hick musical somehow without a black face in sight that turns into a backyard trash cinema MAD, MAD WORLD. Almost nothing like it has been seen before or since, and personally I think that's a tragedy.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★½

    I prefer HOMECOMING both for its narrative momentum and because I think it's funnier, but it almost doesn't matter since the real attraction is the dazzling animation. There's a lot of formal risk involved here and the confidence is really impressive.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

    I thought this was a better version of Clint reckoning with himself than GRAN TORINO, although admittedly that was more legacy work and this is decidedly more personal. Huge bummer that Clyde didn't show up.

  • The Green Fog

    The Green Fog

    ★★★½

    This is extra neat but don't let it fool you into thinking Chuck Norris is actually good in AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★½

    Imagine the tortured rodeo masculinity of THE LUSTY MEN but infused with modern day class-porn economic anxiety. That sounds like sort of shitty generic Amer-indie recipe but trust me this is the good stuff. And I'd gladly watch a whole movie about the sister.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    I'm totally in the tank for ambitious, deliberately up-its-own-ass artbait like this and it's as fully committed and oblivious and insistent on its own (pretty apparently bogus) guilelessness as its protagonist. That's not really an argument for it being actually any good but it's a wavelength into which I was very glad to tune. And I really like Sia.

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★½

    Every morning I walk out of the apartment and have to cross the entrance of a heavily trafficked drive-thru Starbucks on my way to the bus stop, and rare is the instance in which I am not almost run over by some jackass pulling out a little too far into the thoroughfare to make the exit turn. I complained about this to Molly once, and she said, "Man, the system is designed to make us enemies of each other." Smart woman, I'm very lucky.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★½

    "We are beginning to have a somewhat acrid dialogue, this thing and I."

  • Interview with the Vampire

    Interview with the Vampire

    ★★★½

    BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE VAMPIRE DOLLS, a delightful goth-camp spectacle, half Tennessee Williams' hothouse TWILIGHT, half queer college kid book report on "Dorian Gray", 100% awesome.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★½

    The evolution of the CGI deer continues unabated.