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Updated 7-20-18.





Lean on Pete (Haigh) [* The supporting cast is uniformly solid, and Haigh adds just the right amount of poetry to the (sometimes) repetitive misery.]


Isle of Dogs (Anderson) [* Wait, so an American filmmaker interested in Japanese culture can't make a film influenced by the likes of Takahata and Miyazaki? At heart, it's still a cute buddy movie, about a boy who just wants his dog back. Now if you wanted to nitpick about Anderson's obsession with symmetry interrupting the flow (it does become a bit 'stiff' at times), that's certainly fair.]
Take Your Pills (Klayman)
The Rachel Divide (Brownson)


Survivors Guide to Prison (Cooke) [* It's impossible to cover all the ground in this complex and sad topic, but I'll be damned if Cooke doesn't at least try - sure, it's stylized like a Spike TV show (1,001 Crimes You Can Commit!), though it's a pressing issue that needs serious attention.]
White Fang (Espigares) [* The animation is spotty - the wolves/dogs look great, but why do all the humans look like they were copied and pasted out of a Playstation 2 game?]


The Commuter (Collet-Serra)
Deadpool 2 (Leitch) [* I like the Bond-style jokey opening and the breaking-the-walls and the lame puns, but it's still a parody that's content to be only a parody.]
Annihilation (Garland)
The Outsider (Zandvliet)
Game Over, Man! (Newacheck)


Black Panther (Coogler)
Ibiza (Richanbach) [* "Love" in the Age of Physical Disconnect ... and it is nice to see the Lady pursuing the Man (if that's what feminism is about, count me in ... we're tired of chasing).]
The Polka King (Forbes)
When We First Met (Sandel)
The Titan (Ruff)


You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay)
Thoroughbreds (Finley) [* "Affluenza" is apparently a 'thing' ... it's too bad it lacks plausibility. At least Heathers tried to be funny instead of just glib.]
The Ritual (Bruckner)


Ready Player One (Spielberg)
Set It Up (Scanlon) [* This is half a leap from The Hallmark Channel.]
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Wain)
Happy Anniversary (Stern)
Anon (Niccol)
Mute (Jones)
How It Ends (Rosenthal) [* ... not with a whimper, but a mysterious bang, I guess. Do they keep the Starbucks open during the Nuclear Winter?]
Manhunt (Woo)
Golden Exits (Perry)
The Kissing Booth (Marcello) [* "Based on a novel by a 15-year-old" basically says it all, I'm afraid. That "relationship" is over the second Noah goes to college and we all know it.]
Alex Strangelove (Johnson) [* There's nothing new presented in this Growing Up and Coming Out narrative, but am I alone in finding Daniel Doheny a dead ringer for Anthony Perkins? The hair, the body frame, the gestures ... it's eerie.]
A Quiet Place (Krasinski) [* Oh yay, another alien/end-of-the-world movie without context. Krasinski said it's about 'the difficulties with being a father' - those are some deep thoughts you're having there, Jim.]
Kodachrome (Raso)
Outside In (Shelton)
Gotti (Connolly) [* Travolta is a dead ringer for the Teflon Don - it's a solid performance - but the project can't withstand the duel spectre of Marty and The Sopranos.]
6 Balloons (Ryan)


Paradox (Hannah)
Fifty Shades Freed (Foley) [* Call me when it's Fifty Shades of Alimony.]
Dude (Milch)
The Cloverfield Paradox (Onah)
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (Hill) [* I agree with the kid: I'm more of a Marriott guy.]
The Week Of (Smigel)
Cargo (Howling and Ramke)
The Open House (Angel and Coote)
Tau (D'Alessandro) [* Pitifully derivative sci-fi/horror garbage ... but it does have the voice of Gary Oldman as HAL! I mean Tau!]
Super Troopers 2 (Chandrasekhar) [* How did anyone ever think these Fractured Gecko dudes were funny in the first place? It's the weed right? You need the weed. Got it.]


Fullmetal Alchemist (Sori)

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