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We review films. You see films. You need to know where to see those films. You may want to know what we thought of those films. Here’s where you can read what we thought of the film you’re about the see. Click on the film links to read THE FULL BYT REVIEWS.

A Simple Favor – Now playing in D.C.

Most of the promotion around this film wants to paint it akin to Gone Girl, a thriller with a dash of dark humor. A Simple Favor only shares the Gone Girl DNA in that some of the film is about a mysterious, cold blonde and her faltering, philandering husband. That’s really where the comparisons can end. A Simple Favor does have a dark mystery to solve, but the bulk of the film is a pure comedy that plays off the public personas of its lead actors, putting those perceptions on steroids. -Diana Metzger

Ant-Man and the Wasp Now playing in D.C.

Three years later, the sequel to the zippy tale that introduced movie-going audiences to one of the more oddball heroes in the Marvel stable performs another astonishing trick: proving that after the punishing drudgery of Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe can still be fun. -Benjamin Freed

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BlacKkKlansmanNow playing in D.C.

Spike Lee’s latest film is broadly entertaining, and angry as hell. The cumulative effect is like a bracing cold shower, a reminder that the fight is far from over. -Alan Zilberman

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Christopher Robin Now playing in D.C.

Christopher Robin brings all your favorite Winnie the Pooh characters into the real world, while also serving as a pseudo-sequel to the stories of the Hundred Acre Wood. The result is sometimes sweet as honey, other times dour as Eeyore, yet still lacking the inventiveness that Disney shows everyone but its original properties. -Ross Bonaime

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Crazy Rich Asians Now playing in D.C.

Crazy Rich Asians is a glamorous confection of a romcom. It’s basically the film equivalent of a chilled, bubbly glass of champagne on a steamy August night: a refreshing, classy party starter. It’s the kind of lush ensemble romantic comedy that the Sex and the City films wished they could be. CRA has a delightful, warm familiarity to it, and along with its all-Asian and Asian-American cast – all of whom deserve to be massive worldwide stars – it will hopefully be a guiding light towards the romcoms of the future. -Diana Metzger

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Incredibles 2 Now playing in D.C.

A lot has happened in the past fourteen years. No one had a smartphone in 2004. Our country was enmeshed in the Iraq War. I still had hair. Fourteen years ago is also when The Incredibles premiered. It was the heyday of Pixar, when they could no wrong. More importantly, the superhero genre did not yet dominate the pop culture landscape. This was before The Dark Knight, The Avengers, and cinematic universes. An original superhero film still had novelty, which part of what made The Incredibles such a delight. Now we have Incredibles 2, released months after Avengers: Infinity War. This sequel continues the story as nothing has changed in the past fourteen years. That is to the film’s credit, and also its detriment. -Alan Zilberman

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Juliet, Naked Now playing in D.C.

Juliet, Naked is an easy-listening sort of romcom. It’s not necessarily challenging and leans on the audiences’ love of the actors a lot, but if audiences are up for that task it’s a really sweet, satisfying watch. -Diana Metzger

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Kusama – Infinity Now playing in D.C.

If you’re looking for a point of entry for contemporary art, but don’t know how to approach it, Kusama – Infinity is a great start. Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most popular artists. In fact, she is the world’s most successful living female artist, and has only continued to surge in popularity over the last few years. – Vesper Arnett

The Meg Now playing in D.C.

The Meg is exactly what you think it is: it’s Jason Statham getting revenge on the gigantic, prehistoric shark that ruined his life. -Benjamin Freed

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout Now playing in D.C.

While this franchise has always maintained an almost serialized quality, under McQuarrie’s direction, Mission: Impossible – Fallout also feels like the culmination and payoff of the five films that came before it. McQuarrie – who also wrote Fallout – utilizes Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and M:I’s particular set of skills in a way that feels grounded in what we already know of Hunt, and taking advantage of details gleamed from the past films. -Ross Bonaime

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The Nun Now playing in D.C.

Some of the trouble is that The Nun isn’t a film that stands on it’s own, it’s a part of the greater The Conjuring cinematic universe and while that CU has produced some duds (Annabelle) it’s also spawned some of the best horror movies of the last ten years. Say what you want about James Wan, but the man knows how to make a fun and thoroughly spooky movie, which is why The Nun‘s “let’s do a little bit of everything and do none of it well” approach is especially frustrating. -Kaylee Dugan

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Operation Finale Now playing in D.C.

Considering director Chris Weitz got his start in anticipation and release, it’s shocking how little he knows about tension. In his first film, American Pie – co-directed with his brother, Paul – the story is clearly headed in an obvious direction, without much suspense about how it will end up. Chris’ last film, 2011’s A Better Life, which tonally felt completely unexpected from Weitz, still headed towards an inevitable conclusion. Hell, it was even obvious that Bella would end up with Edward at the end of Weitz’s contribution to the Twilight saga, New Moon. Which makes Weitz such a strange choice for Operation Finale, a film which under Weitz and first-time writer Matthew Orton mix Argo with the mind games of The Silence of the Lambs, without the tension of either of those films. Weitz’s inability to build pressure, and Orton’s inexperience both fail an incredible true story with a fantastic cast. -Ross Bonaime

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Peppermint Now playing in D.C.

On Alias, Jennifer Garner became a genuine star in a show where she sought revenge against a group who killed her fiancé. With the help of J.J. Abrams, Garner was the rare female badass action hero in which the audience had actual stakes in her mission. Almost twenty years later, Garner has been married and become a mother, and her latest action character in Peppermint has grown in much the same way. Garner has proven that she can pull off emotional resonance through a badass figure, but unfortunately Garner can’t save what it easily one of the worst films of 2018. -Ross Bonaime

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The Predator Now playing in D.C.

Instead of doing something intriguing with the Predator format, as with 2010’s far superior PredatorsThe Predator throws so many loose threads out for potential future installments. The Predator brings up the evolution of predators, autism as the next evolution of humans, climate change, predators with human DNA, and even predator dogs. This film clearly has interest in heading towards the next step of both humans and alien evolution – including how these two species are intertwined – but The Predator never does anything interesting with these ideas, only setting up breadcrumbs to follow up on later. -Ross Bonaime

White Boy Rick Now playing in D.C.

hite Boy Rick is a sneaky sort of crime film. It is like the reverse of The Godfather: instead of a family drama that ends as a crime story, we have a crime story that ends as a family drama. There is the usual “rise and fall” arc, plus fleeting moments of human comedy, except the characters in this film are hardly in control of their destiny. In fact, the tragedy is how the family’s trust in government is their ultimate undoing. The film does not always work – the directors and screenwriters coast on the trappings of the crime genre – and yet there is an affecting arc to a boy who grows up way, way too quickly. -Alan Zilberman

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