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Not to get too cute, but Ghost In the Shell has a gorgeous shell with almost nothing inside.

At first glance, Wilson, both the movie and the title character, seems cynical and misanthropic. But I don’t actually believe that’s the case.

The Sense of an Ending is a small British drama based on a Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. But don’t let the size of the movie fool you—the humanity on display far exceeds what seem to be modest cinematic goals.

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Kong: Skull Island is about exactly what you’d expect from a movie called Kong: Skull Island. That’s not necessarily a criticism.

What happens when our superheroes get old? It’s essentially something that never happens in our movies, where our heroes are always virile and robust, and if they get a little long in the tooth, we just reboot the series and start over with a younger model. But that’s not the case with Logan, which follows maybe the most famous of the X-Men, Wolverine, as he not only deals with his own broken-down body, but with nursing the longtime leader of the X-Men, professor Charles Xavier.

It turns out none of us is quite as forward-thinking as we’d like to imagine we are. That’s one of the major takeaways from Get Out, the incisive new thriller from Jordan Peele of TV’s sketch comedy duo Key & Peele. And the movie itself is funny, though it’s certainly not a comedy. It’s first and foremost a real horror movie, one with serious racial tones, and one that pulls no punches.

Give The Great Wall credit for at least one thing: It gets straight to the point. 

2014’s The Lego Movie was a manic and inspired delight, a dazzling array of colors with a new joke about every five seconds. The next, newest installment in what’s apparently becoming a franchise, The Lego Batman Movie, is about half of what The Lego Movie was.

Now when I say that, I don’t mean that it’s only half as good as The Lego Movie

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, I’ve seen a very funny movie… but this wasn’t it.

A movie called The Comedian isn’t required to be funny. There are plenty of reasons a movie with that title might not be. A movie called The Comedian that features at least half a dozen extended sequences of standup comedy probably should be at least a little bit funny. Here, no such luck.

From the opening chords to the score of Jackie, something feels a bit off. 

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