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  • Troop Zero

    Troop Zero

    ★★★

    51/100

    A.V. Club review. Better than it looks, but that's saying very little.

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★½

    42/100

    Second viewing, down from 47. That's simply because this time I watched the much longer "director's cut"*—as expected, additional footage only exacerbated my sense that the film endlessly repeats itself until its final reel (at which point Congo shifts into what still strikes me as patently phony belated discomfort, though certainly one can argue that his behavior is illuminating even if manufactured). Still mostly object to it on what I guess you'd call moral grounds; see my previous review

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…