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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★½

    Zahler is obviously drawing influence from gritty old morally questionable exploitation movies (and trying to trigger libs while he’s at it) but I think Dragged Across Concrete is overall just an ambitious and brutal dirty cop flick and not making any political statements. It’s as racially inflammatory as Three Billboards but it has none of the delusions of grandeur which it makes it go down more smoothly. The bad guys are racist, the “good” guys are racist, now watch them kill each other. Plus it has original songs by the O’Jays!

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★½

    I can see how this would really connect with some people but I found it overly fussy and a little boring. Well shot and acted but it didn’t click for me. I would rather watch a Frederick Wiseman documentary called Columbus, Indiana but unfortunately it does not exist.

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★½

    Was Spring Breakers a smart movie trying to look dumb? Or a dumb movie trying to look smart? I had a hard time making up my mind about this memorable, risky movie, but I enjoyed the ride.

    The virtuosic restaurant robbery scene had me frozen and holding my breath, and the Britney Spears montage later in the film was wonderfully outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. Elsewhere, strange cinematic choices abound: the extreme lighting that bathes shots in blinding bright color, the…

  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    Turns out an attractive, straight, obnoxiously confident white guy can achieve success in New York in the '80s!