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  • Midnight Run
  • The Princess Bride
  • Groundhog Day
  • Casablanca

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  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★★

  • Doctor Strange

    ★★★½

  • The Tomorrow War

    ★★

  • Bowfinger

    ★★★★½

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  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    I remember watching the first John Wick and being delighted and intrigued by all the allusions to how the assassins' world functions, what the rules at the hotel were, etc. I wanted more of that. Then the sequels to varying degrees provided "be careful what you wish for" results, where the more I learned about that stuff, the less I wanted to know, and the more I just wanted to get back to watching Keanu find creative ways to kill…

  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★★★½

    The MCU movies in general aren't known for their visual aesthetics, but this is one that would be utterly forgettable if not for how cool it looks. The VFX of time and space constantly folding in on itself are really fun, and cover for a story that both rehashes a lot of Tony Stark's origin (to be fair, this is a problem with the Lee/Ditko origin of Stephen Strange in the comics, too) and is mostly gibberish.

    Also, while Glenn…

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  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    ★★★½

    On the one hand, it’s such a pleasure to have Soderbergh back in heist mode, and making a movie with a cast featuring his old favorites like Cheadle and Del Toro, along with lots of people who feel like they were destined to work with him at some point, like Hamm, Harbour, and Fraser. (And Amy Seimetz somehow steals the movie out from under them all!)

    On the other hand, it feels like the movie has a loose at best…

  • Plan B

    Plan B

    "Plan B" made me very happy.

    I may do a second spoiler review later this weekend, but the short version is this: Natalie Morales, in one of two films the actor directed last year, absolutely nails the tricky tonal balance of a movie that's one part raunchy as hell (we're talking hard-R, two scenes in particular) teen party comedy, one part wise and sweet coming-of-age tale. Maybe it doesn't have quite as many explosive comic set pieces as a Superbad…