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  • Police Story

    Police Story

    ★★★

    The action is amazing, but I’d much rather just watch the action sequences out of context than sit through the whole movie.

  • Bamboozled

    Bamboozled

    ★★

    An interesting mess, but messier than it is interesting.

    I'm not sure what the thinking behind Damon Wayans' performance, but ... it did not work for me. Unconvincing and mannered from the first line to the last, and it didn't help that his dialogue was never convincing.

    Michael Rapaport, frankly, was not much better.

    The soundtrack was lovely but also distracting — the music seemed disproportionately loud, especially in scenes with conversation.

    For a while I tried to convince myself that…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Scattered thoughts:

    Among so many other riches, this features my favorite Scarlett Johansson performance since GHOST WORLD. In that one she was perfectly affectless; in this one she's almost all affect.

    This is an intimate portrayal of a momentous event: What happens when we create artificial intelligence?

    This would make a fantastic double feature with A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. "Artificial" love as hardware vs. as software.

    Contrast: artificial life forms in a futuristic Los Angeles here vs. in BLADE RUNNER. (I…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★½

    As suspected I bumped this up on rewatch. Too much doesn’t quite work for me to wholly embrace it, but the bullet removal scene, and McAdams’ and Plemons’ performances, are indeed high points. 

    Basically, really really clever but more clever than funny. YMMV.

    (Interesting that the sanitization for inflight presentation was more notable in this than in Infinity War.)