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Updated 5-27-17.



Get Me Roger Stone (Bank, DiMauro and Pehme) [* I do realize Mr. Stone and I are ... at the very opposite ends of the political spectrum, but I've always admired his cunning and trickery (he knows it's a game and he plays people accordingly) ... and here he is, warts and suits and swinger ads and everything. If anyone is wondering how in the hell this country got in this situation, here's one of the greatest shadowy puppet masters of all time.]




The Lego Batman Movie (McKay) [* Although this was designed for the YouTube Generation and their Snapchat-length attention spans, even I appreciate its hyper-visual approach (McKay worked on Robot Chicken) and cornball sense of humor.]



Get Out (Peele) [* Got a strong passive-aggressive vibe from this - white people = villains - and while I think Peele's going for satire (?), he might have fared better just trying plain ol' comedy (it's no surprise Lil Rel steals the movie). "SEX SLAVES!"]
Becoming Warren Buffett (Kunhardt and Oakes)
Logan (Mangold)
The Discovery (McDowell) [* Young McDowell appears to like these Big Concept scripts, but keeps fumbling the conclusions (I liked the first hour a lot, but that second half is just a huge jumble).]


Split (Shyamalan)


T2 Trainspotting (Boyle) [* While the first one was able to balance the squalor and lust-for-life, this feels like a slow shuffle through a cemetery.]
Raw (Ducournau) [* I get that Ducournau wants to touch on "women's issues" - eating disorders, sexual frustration, sibling rivalry - but she doesn't go anywhere special with it (the third act is a disaster), focusing mainly on the grotesque ("My Sister Ate My Gay Boyfriend!").]
Win It All (Swanberg)
A Cure for Wellness (Verbinski)
Casting JonBenét (Green) [* Say what you will about the major news outlets, but at least they tried to get to the bottom of this weird (and still unsolved) case ... all Ms. Green does is cast actors to read off Wikipedia pages (or their 'invented' back stories). And if the whole "disingenous" filmmaking approach is designed to mimic the Ramseys' shaky narrative ... what does that prove, anyway?]


Personal Shopper (Assayas)
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Blair)


iBoy (Randall)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (The Herngrens) [* Mocking geriatrics isn't funny bork bork.]
Fifty Shades Darker (Foley)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (Caruso)


Sandy Wexler (Brill) [* I'm still waiting for someone at Cahiers to write a piece saying Sandler is the second coming of Jerry Lewis (it's gonna require some Olympic-level mental gymnastics). Step it up, mes amis.]

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