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Movie Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington can’t save Roman J. Israel, Esq., a dull and cliched idiot savant narrative no thanks to a listless script.

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My Ultimate 2017 Cinema List Part II: The Overrated and Underappreciated Movies of the Year

There’s so much in the way of storytelling in filmmaking that a good movie can be buried by inadequate film distribution, hype, moviestar appeal, and marketing. At the same time, these same elements can also misleadingly elevate mediocre ones. Here’s my list for overrated and underappreciated movies of 2017.

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10 Ingenious Animated Films Of the Decade Every Adult Should Watch

Beyond bringing anthropomorphized animals and talking toys to life, animated films have far more powers if you look beyond Pixar. These are my top ten ingenious films of the decade based on narrative depth, clever storytelling, and deft animation.

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My Ultimate 2017 Cinema List Part 1: The Best and Worst Movies of the Year

2017 has been an interesting time in the cinema, where Blade Runner got a sequel, The Last Jedi revealed what kind of fandom Star Wars has, and a number interesting foreign films emerged to deliver something new for the thinking audience. When its great you get technically accomplished movies that deliver a stunning cinematic experience, when its bad it’s a stewing pot of derivative ideas that you’d wonder how people actually agreed to spending any amount of money on it.

Here’s my best and worst list of the year.

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Movie Review: Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West is a smart cautionary tale that skewers millennial cliches to deliver an incisive commentary on social media and satire of its influencers, thanks to a sharp yet emphatic script and a great performance by Aubrey Plaza.

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Movie Review: Bright

Bright is an ill-conceived genre-bending action flick no thanks to a poorly written script filled with inane dialogue, disposable characters, derivative worldbuilding, cringe politics and generic action.

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