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matt has written 1,210 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Black and Blue

    Black and Blue

    ★★★

    Is a story about the good apple what's important right now? Not sure, so I'll leave that to you. A trio of terrific performances make this sing when it has to, though, and you could do a lot worse than a reverse TRAINING DAY that suggests that there's still some good to be done behind a badge.

  • Midway

    Midway

    ★★★

    I prefer the Johnny-Goes-To-War movie as Banana Republic commercial teenage melodrama that was PEARL HARBOR, but it's hard to deny that this stretches out that movie's incredible War-is-Rad attack sequence into an entire movie.

  • Lakeview Terrace

    Lakeview Terrace

    ★★★

    A more effective dipshit provocation than, say, JOKER, and fueled by an even more electric performance. Simultaneously clueless and insightful, thrilling and bafflingly stupid. Discussed on Episode 27 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Nurse Betty

    Nurse Betty

    ★★★

    This plays to me now sort of like the movie the Coens' detractors frequently accuse them of making: frequently sort of smugly superior and misanthropic and mean. And Labute's typically disorganized here, with a lot of small soft targets that he often attacks with simple clueless provocations or broad caricature. That said it's often quite funny and there's pretty interesting thread here about how the characters are so susceptible to fantasy because they're united by naivete and simple emotional vulnerability. I liked it?

  • Snow Job

    Snow Job

    ★★★

    Extremely laid back heist film starring Jean-Claude Killy. The threadbare plot is mostly built out from the tons of great skiing footage courtesy Willy Bogner, which is basically the main attraction (especially because Killy is an absolute charisma vacuum who can barely get his dialogue out), at least until when Vittorio De Sica turns up as the insurance investigator.

  • Congo

    Congo

    ★★★

    I remain a fan of such merciless silliness, especially when it has this movie's Irwin Allen-esque charms. You can blame this for not being as convincing or as exciting as JURASSIC PARK but why would you want to when it's this much stupid fun?

  • Kiss the Girls

    Kiss the Girls

    ★★★

    Quintessential Judd. Contains one (1) absolutely bonkers stunt and the best milk carton gag since LETHAL WEAPON. Discussed on Episode 25 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    In my view this is a somewhat more successful franchise pastiche than THE FORCE AWAKENS but it clearly lacks the formal cohesion and the spiritual and autocritical core that made THE LAST JEDI so indelible. Abrams was criticized once for basically rehashing STAR WARS, and this time he's done an equally competent job of it for RETURN OF THE JEDI: sometimes wildly bloated, other times strangely rushed, with poignant moments bumping right up against eyerolls, and too-pat resolutions sitting alongside…

  • The Score

    The Score

    ★★★

    If you thought Norton was chewing on the bit a little too hard in MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, hey have I got a movie for you. Also features a veritable horn of plenty of sparkling ad-libbed bons mots from Brando like "I'll believe that when pigs eat my brother!"

  • QT8: The First Eight

    QT8: The First Eight

    ★★★

    Nothing much new here, and the Weinstein stuff feels a little desperate and half-assed, but a lot of nice interview footage, and what am I gonna tell you, I'm sort of in the tank for the guy anyway.

  • Just Mercy

    Just Mercy

    ★★★

    You know how you go to like Denny's and the menu is full of pictures and the Moons Over My Hammy you ordered looks pretty much just like the photo and it's nothing special but tastes exactly like it should?

  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

    ★★★

    Feeling more validated than ever in my opinion that her version of "Desperado" is the superior one.