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Updated 5-17-18.






Take Your Pills (Klayman) [* I'm probably overrating this little pop documentary that could have been a YouTube series, but as a teacher ... those kids take a lot of medicine don't they?]
The Rachel Divide (Brownson) [* Most people, it seems, have their mind made up about Rachel Dolezal, but at least Brownson makes an effort to investigate her background to try to make sense of how a woman born to two Caucasian parents can "self-identify" as an African-American. What won me over were her sons - they clearly love her, but question her tactics (and rightfully so). At the end, she truly goes "all in" ... which is probably the opposite of what she should have done. Godspeed you wacky lady.]



The Commuter (Collet-Serra) [* The "plot" is straight-out stupid (don't think), but no one does panicked like Mr. Neeson.]
Annihilation (Garland) [* The internal mechanics of this are funky - Science Fiction: Making Square Pegs Fit! - but Garland's visual sense is impeccable.]
The Outsider (Zandvliet) [* Some people found this 'culturally insensitive,' which it could be, but what's actually ugly about it is how they just chucked in random "Japanese symbols" and made Jared Leto look spacey for two hours.]
Game Over, Man! (Newacheck)


Black Panther (Coogler)
The Polka King (Forbes)
When We First Met (Sandel)
The Titan (Ruff) [* Netflix is the new direct-to-video dumping ground, but damn it to hell if Schilling doesn't act her posterior off.]


You Were Never Really Here (Ramsay) [* I don't believe Lynne or Jonathan Ames meant any disrespect to war vets with mental troubles, but this is too garish to be semi-realistic. As he's been known to do, Joaquin commits 120%.]
The Ritual (Bruckner)


Ready Player One (Spielberg) [* Steven is clearly in self-referential mode, making a movie about a book that idolizes the 1980's (an era Mr. S. was a prominent figure in) ... but it's really a glorified Final Fantasy film with snazzy effects and pop references and a generic lead to center the story around. The Shining recreation is simply inspired: as some might recall, Spielberg collaborated with Kubrick on A.I..]
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Wain)
Happy Anniversary (Stern) [* Of course these two dipshits belong together: no one else is going to tolerate their flaky asses.]
Anon (Niccol) [* Niccol's known for his "big idea" movies (also see: Gattaca) but the setup is awfully wonky and the contrivances build up big time.]
Mute (Jones)
Golden Exits (Perry)
Kodachrome (Raso) [* Tries to NOT be a dying father/son bonding movie at first ... and then goes for the weepy-weepies. No.]
6 Balloons (Ryan) [* You are drowning. You cannot swim. Some people cannot write well-rounded scripts. You are drowning. A fish floats next to you. The fish says, "Dave Franco is trying too hard to be taken seriously as an actor." You respond, "I realize that, but if your brother was James Franco what would you do?" The fish shrugs. You shrug.]


Paradox (Hannah) [* Holy calamity. Why didn't Daryl (not a filmmaker, naturally) just make it a standard concert film?]
Dude (Milch) [* Repellent 'ladies' battle through their final year of high school. Were they supposed to be likeable? They aren't.]
The Cloverfield Paradox (Onah) [* "Mastermind" Oren Uziel should be kept away from screenwriting software the same way children should be kept away from Tide Pods.]
The Week Of (Smigel) [* New Rule: From now on, Adam Sandler can only be in movies directed by either (a.) Paul Thomas Anderson or (b.) Noah Baumbach.]
The Open House (Angel and Coote)


Fullmetal Alchemist (Sori)

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