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BLAME Review

Shephard’s direction dips into the conniving twists and sudsy appeal of it all, playfully skirting the line between caustic entertainment and prurient antagonism.

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Ken’s Top 10 Films of 2017

Continuing our 2017 wrap-up spectacular is Ken Bakely‘s top 10 films of 2017.

1. Personal Shopper – Personal Shopper is an enveloping meditation on life and death, location and emotion, and the physical and the spiritual. It’s brought to life through graceful

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FUTURE ’38 Review

There’s something fun about predicting the world of the future. We know our guesses will be massively off, but through our visions clouded by our favorite works of sci-fi, we think forward and see a world dramatically different from our own.

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Review

Murder on the Orient Express winds up on that mid-level ground: mixing vivid visuals with a obligated script, quick line readings with sluggish storytelling, and a crackerjack caper with an uninspired mood.

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NOVITIATE Review

Novitiate is a movie of allusions, as the characters in its story become pieces with which we can examine the bigger changes outside the convent walls.

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GEOSTORM Review

I stand in awe at Geostorm, a film so ludicrously broken, so haphazardly smashed together, so unrepentantly clichéd, so brutally incoherent, so hilariously self-serious, that it crosses the boundaries of terrible, smashes through the meager definitions of good and bad or right and wrong, transforms itself in the interim, and becomes phenomenal.

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SYLVIO Review

Sylvio becomes a fascinating individual, managing to escape the cornering of what could have been a single-joke idea and instead anchoring a sly and effective comedy.

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TRAGEDY GIRLS Review

Tragedy Girls digs into the commodification of mass grief and hysteria that marks the town’s usable reactions to the deaths.

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES Review

Battle of the Sexes plays like its own outline, dutifully moving from scene to scene under the most workmanlike of precisions.

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SOY NERO Review

The first half of Soy Nero is a good movie about a young, undocumented immigrant who navigates a labyrinthine system in a quest to achieve citizenship. The second half is an efficient, bracing war film about a small band of soldiers who are ambushed and have to navigate a desolate, dangerous desert.

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LAST RAMPAGE Review

With such a clunky script, it’s all window-dressing for a rather empty interior.