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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    I would recommend this movie to anyone. It feels like the result of a group of smart and funny people just throwing silly ideas around and doubling down on the silliest, craziest ideas that they come up with. It also feels like drugs were involved, which is a compliment. It goes on for too long, some crazy ideas just get dropped and replaced with crazier ideas, but that’s OK because the energy and tone keep it fun all the way…

  • Cinderella Man

    Cinderella Man

    ★½

    Cinderella Man is based on a true story, but I didn’t believe this movie for a second. Russell Crowe plays Super Jim Braddock, a moral paragon and altogether perfect human being who punches people for a living. Crowe’s performance ranges from mumbly to shit-eating-grin to maybe he forgot the camera was rolling. Renee Zellweger had similar issues. She and Crowe have as much chemistry as the leads in a high school play. Thankfully, Paul Giamatti is here and he’s allowed…

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    Warning: Chungking Express will make you feel like you're in love.

    You’ll feel like not ordering what you always order at that restaurant you always go to.

    You’ll feel like eating expired canned goods.

    You’ll feel like talking to your stuffed animals.

    You’ll feel like jogging in the rain.

    You’ll feel like throwing up a little.

    You’ll feel like hanging out in lonely places, waiting for somebody who may never arrive.

    You’ll feel lonely.

    You’ll feel like love is just…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★½

    I, for one, welcome our heptapod overlords.

    Arrival hits all the beats of a great sci-fi story, but it doesn’t do much else. With a clear focus on story development instead of character development, there’s only so much that Amy Adams could have done to elevate the film with her solid performance. Her co-stars Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker were barely given niblets of dialogue but they used their screentime well enough. Arrival makes the same mistake as many sci-fi…