Review: Shane Black’s The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys reminded me of a terrific Playboy joke. I don’t mean a specific joke (not that I could quote it here) but I have a feeling you know what I’m talking about: one of those things that’d make us guffaw and pause while leafing through a faded, ‘vintage’ back-issue, which is to say […]

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Review: The Russo Brothers’ Captain America: Civil War

“War, what is it good for?” Despite the existential disgust expressed by Edwin Starr in that song all those years ago, there exist far too many affirmative answers to that question: it’s good for gunrunners, media outlets, separatists, posturing Presidential candidates and, clearly, for Marvel Studios — whose superheroes have never, ever looked better. Why, […]

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Why I thought Prince was The Joker

When I was eight years old, I thought Prince was The Joker. Allow me to explain this childhood delusion: The year was 1989. Tim Burton’s glorious and groundbreaking Batman movie was yet to hit our VHS libraries, and this was a time before teaser trailers and trailers teasing teaser trailers. All we had to go […]

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Review: Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

This isn’t your daddy’s Jungle Book. That applies whether I’m your daddy’s age and grew up on an oft-looped VHS tape of Disney’s 1967 animated classic, or if you’re my dad’s age and cherished the leatherbound Rudyard Kipling book which promised darker truths – though I choose to believe that Bare Necessities may well be […]

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Review: Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight

Journalism rarely looks as good as it does in American movies. This, I assure you, is not because journalism isn’t essential or noble or brave. It is every bit those things and more. Yet the finest, truest bits of journalism — the bits that topple governments, the bits that win Pulitzers, the bits that inspire […]

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