Sherlock goes off the rails

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After a series opener in which Sherlock traded its mystery status for soap, the second episode of series four, “The Lying Detective”, doubles down on the new soap operatic direction of the show and delivers even more antics and heavy-handed emotional beats. It’s not the worst decision to explore other facets of a character, such as Sherlock’s drug addiction, which actually matters in this episode, but for Sherlock, the show, the tonal shift has been so sudden and so hard it’s jarring. And it doesn’t quite sit right on a show about a man whose emotions are famously repressed and take a back seat to his analytical skills. That leads the show to feel excessive and even sloppy, as everything careens around an essentially unstable axis.

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Winter Movie Preview: January 2017

There are limited releases from December expanding throughout January, including the stellar Paterson, so keep an eye out at your local cineplex for that one as it adds cities each weekend. Other than that, we’re in the albatross killing fields of early winter as studios dump their worst ideas.

January 6

A Monster Calls

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Hidden Figures

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Underworld: Blood Wars

“I’m finished with this…”

Us too, Kate Beckinsale. Us too.

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Fall Movie Preview: October 2016

Let’s pretend like I didn’t forget to do this last month!

October 7

American Honey

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British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) tackles young Americans selling magazines door-to-door and their hard-partying vagabond ways. The film has been divisive, with some calling it a Spring Breakers wannabe and others praising it as a Millennial On the Waterfront. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Also this is the movie where Shia LaBeouf grew that gross rat tail.

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Homecoming: Bucky Barnes and the Tragedy of Redemption

The saddest scene in Captain America: Civil War is also one of the smallest. Steve Rogers, decked out in his superhero uniform, stands in the middle of a tiny, run-down apartment in Bucharest, taking in the near-squalor in which his best friend Bucky Barnes has been living for some time. Barnes is a fugitive, so it’s not like he’d be living high on the hog anyway, but there’s something about the contrast of Captain America and this dark, depressing apartment that doesn’t jive. It’s a sharp, startling reminder of how fate diverged for Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

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