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  • 'Super Troopers 2' review: Has it aged, or have we?

    'Super Troopers 2' review: Has it aged, or have we?

    Like many of a certain age, I was a fan of Broken Lizard's 2001 stoner cop cult classic “Super Troopers,” which circulated smoky dorm rooms in the early aughts. The energetic, silly and wordy comedy of the then-unknown troupe was absurd, naughty and endlessly quotable. Seventeen years later, the...

  • 'Lean on Pete' review: A horse story of a different, darker color

    'Lean on Pete' review: A horse story of a different, darker color

    When we first see 15-year-old Charley Thompson, the human center of the devastating new film “Lean on Pete,” he’s jogging on the streets of Portland, Ore., a long way from the bohemian coffee bars and “Portlandia” cliches of popular culture. This is the other side of the tracks, the America all...

  • 'Rampage' review: Dwayne Johnson leads worst Chicago architecture tour EVER

    'Rampage' review: Dwayne Johnson leads worst Chicago architecture tour EVER

    “Rampage” is a drag. Three times during the thing, I wrote down the phrase “NO FUN,” with increasingly impatient underlines. This could be me, not the movie. Maybe I’m the one who’s no fun. But in general I like Dwayne Johnson, that smiling granite star, coupled with a tremendous amount of vehicular-...

  • Review: The only scary thing about 'Truth or Dare' is how boring it is

    Review: The only scary thing about 'Truth or Dare' is how boring it is

    As a genre, horror is supposed to evoke a physical reaction — a gasp, an elevated heart rate, a roiling stomach — but my biggest bodily response to “Truth or Dare” was an eye roll at its conclusion. My FitBit actually logged the experience as a 100-minute nap. Other than a single, solid jump scare,...

  • 'A Quiet Place' review: Hush, little family, don't say a word or the monsters will get you

    'A Quiet Place' review: Hush, little family, don't say a word or the monsters will get you

    Director John Krasinski’s third feature, and by far his most accomplished, “A Quiet Place” is a pretty crafty small-scale thriller set a few years in the future, with minimal dialogue and maximal, human-eating monsters. The creatures’ origin is never discussed or explained by way of the usual sheepish...

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