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Mortdecai had a chance of being good, but it's another dump-season loss.
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The Boy Next Door is a true dump season movie that had basically no chance of being good.
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Three of the brightest cinematic talents of the last five years come together as J.C. Chandor directs Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year, with strong echoes of The Godfather: Part II.
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Blackhat is a mess for all but the most devoted Michael Mann lovers.  Oddly enough, the way it portrays computers and hacking is not the thing that makes it so bad.
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American Sniper amounts to little more than hagiography and a worldview that should play well to right-wing authoritarians, but rings extremely hollow to me.

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The highest complement I can give to Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice -- the first film adaptation of ever attempted of any of his novels -- is that it gives much the same feel as reading Pynchon's prose.  Whether you think that's as good a thing as I do is more up to you.
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Iñárritu's Birdman or ( The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ) is as pretentious and bombastic as it can be.  Its impressive technical feats seem designed to show off.  It makes snide commentary on just about every facet of entertainment media.

If you take it seriously, it's insufferable, but I don't think we're supposed to.

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St. Vincent is a character study tailor-made for the intersection of Bill Murray's strongest dramatic and comedic roles.  It's transparently manipulative, and yet it works like gangbusters.

#StVincent
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John Wick is the movie version of a well-executed steak-frites: simple, meaty, and classically masculine.

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