2016

Collateral Beauty – Review (* 1/2)

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Oscar bait rarely comes as tone-deaf, ill-conceived and downright mean-spirited as Collateral Beauty, a shockingly inept drama that abjectly wastes a fantastic, awards-friendly cast.

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Why Him? – Review (** 1/2)

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With its flat, made-for-TV production values, it’s little surprise that Why Him? is categorically a “wait for Netflix” effort, intermittently entertaining but utterly irrelevant as a theatrically-released film and best-suited to a streaming marathon on a hungover Sunday.

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Monster Trucks – Review (**)

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Fulfilling every expectation of a long-delayed, long-troubled blockbuster set to give Paramount a hefty $115 million writedown, Monster Trucks is a well-meaning but soullessly bland, over-budgeted misfire that’s hugely bereft of charm.

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Your Name – Review (*** 1/2)

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Though it’s beholden to many of anime’s worst, most irritating instincts – namely a sometimes-overwrought tone and at least three J-pop interludes too many – the latest effort from Makoto Shinkai (aka “the new Hayao Miyazaki”) delivers an affecting mind-bender of a star-crossed romance, with Shinaki unsurprisingly doing his own source novel solid justice.

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Toni Erdmann – Review (*** 1/2)

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Though its greatness is stunted by its excessive length and it doesn’t quite manage to live up to that rapturous Cannes reception – as so few films ever do – Maren Ade’s (The Forest for the Trees, Everyone Else) third feature is a largely entertaining comic drama, mining some distinctly German absurdism while driven forth by two terrific central performances.

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Tower – Review (****)

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Keith Maitland’s mesmerising documentary merges shattering frontline testimony with arresting animation to create a one-of-a-kind examination of Charles Whitman’s 1966 shooting spree at the University of Texas.

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Zero Days – Review (*** 1/2)

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Alex Gibney’s (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) latest documentary may not sit among his very best filmmaking efforts to date, but it’s a fascinating, deeply entertaining look at the world of technological espionage and the untapped dangers it presents.

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