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Updated 9-4-17.



Get Me Roger Stone (Bank, DiMauro and Pehme)




The Lego Batman Movie (McKay)
Icarus (Fogel) [* I'm sensing a bit of narrative manipulation here - and it skims over how doping actually made Fogel worse (and the implications of that little detail) - but the Rodchenkov part is immensely gripping.]
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (Knappenberger)


Ghost in the Shell (Sanders) [* It's better than the anime (at least it tries to make sense) ... even with the lackluster third act. ScarJo: Queen of Cyberpunk?]


Get Out (Peele)
Becoming Warren Buffett (Kunhardt and Oakes)
Logan (Mangold)
The Discovery (McDowell)


John Wick: Chapter 2 (Stahelski)
Wonder Woman (Jenkins)
Split (Shyamalan)
Betting on Zero (Braun)


T2 Trainspotting (Boyle)
Raw (Ducournau)
It Comes at Night (Shults) [* Neat shots of creepy hallways and the woods, but it's just paranoia-for-its-own sake and also terribly vague - if Shults intended it as a metaphor for the Refugee Crisis (and that's giving it a LOT of credit), it's also xenophobic.]
Win It All (Swanberg)
Alien: Covenant (Scott) [* Sloppy, lazy re-write of the first Alien with some of the dumbest "scientists" you'll ever see ... but I was stunned by the ending (which I did not see coming). Franco has a super brief cameo ... but is barbequed before he can mail the rest of the performance in.]
Take Me (Healy) [* Pat's too nice for that kind of work, really, so that part doesn't gel ... though Schilling is actually good.]
A Cure for Wellness (Verbinski)
To the Bone (Noxon) [* It's an important subject that needs attention, but I'm not convinced the "Keanu Treatment" helps the lead very much (and the Hallmark plot isn't the best).]
Casting JonBenét (Green)


Personal Shopper (Assayas)
It's Only the End of the World (Dolan)
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Blair)
The Bad Batch (Amirpour) [* Did Ana "write" the "script" on a single Zig-Zag rolling paper? Since when does Keanu become worse than a cannibal that ate your leg and arm?]
War Machine (Michôd)
Song to Song (Malick)
War on Everything (McDonagh)
Kong: Skull Island (Vogt-Roberts)
Death Note (Wingard) [* The 37 episode anime from 2006 is the standard ... this is a hack job.]
The Mummy (Kurtzman) [* No wonder Summer '17's box office numbers were so dreadful ... it's like they aren't even trying.]
Okja (Bong)
Catfight (Tukel)


iBoy (Randall)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (The Herngrens)
XX (Benjamin, Clark, Kusama and Vuckovic) [* Horror movies are supposed to try to be scary, ladies. At least Ms. Clark can keep her day job (as St. Vincent).]
Fifty Shades Darker (Foley)
The Boss Baby (McGrath) [* You can only milk Baldwin doing his Jack Donaghy character as a baby for so long before its single joke wears thin and you're left with some braindead plot about secret formula and toddler CEOs. There's a sequel coming, too.]
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Caruso)


The Incredible Jessica James (Strouse) [* If by "incredible" they mean "obnoxious and smug" then yes, that is a correct title. Privileged whining all around ... and oh, neat, a scene about "manspreading." Christ, you Millennials will bitch about anything, won't you?]
Baywatch (Gordon) [* Ha ha your dick got stuck.]
Sandy Wexler (Brill)

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