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  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★½

    Normally I'm prone to defend Harmony Korine, but I had trouble finding much to cheer on here. I guess it poses the question, can you be a wealthy freeloader? Moondog doesn't learn much and he's a really shitty poet and kind of an a-hole. There was no moment when I was rooting for this loser. I imagine this is what Jeff Spicoli's latter days might actually have looked like if he didn't blow all the money he made saving Brooke…

  • Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

    Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

    ★★½

    Only the second Black Mirror episode I've seen; the first was Netflix's interactive experiment, "Bandersnatch.” Handsomely produced and glossy with an appealing concept. That robot is kinda cute, until she gets all Ted- like and potty-mouthed.

    Still better than the tired political virtue signaling of the recent Jordan Peele Twilight Zone remakes, which I've been slogging through as a kind of mildly distracting "hate-watch." I think the target audience for this one is more the pre-teen girl variety. That audience…

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  • Sabotage

    Sabotage

    ★★★★½

    Blissfully gritty and violent combination of pulp action and neo noir. It's the strongest in a string of distinguished work since Schwarzenegger has returned to movies. This is David Ayer's uncompromising reaction to The Expendables and it's not for wimps. Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos turn in exciting gender-defying performances as the hard-boiled women trapped in this nightmare of throbbing, reckless machismo.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★½

    Hollywood really seems to want to fuck fish lately. Aren't we even getting a rehash of The Little Mermaid soon?

    The saddest truth is that Aquaman is no longer just an Entourage gag. It's now an actual joke that imagines James Cameron's Avatar as it might've been cloned by George Lucas during his prequel phase. The filmmakers seem to reference Lucas's empire multiple times, especially with all the political mumbo jumbo and silly underwater creatures. Hell, we even get Django…