Beatrice Loayza

Beatrice Loayza

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film critic at A.V. Club, NY Times, Criterion, Film Comment, Reverse Shot, and more...

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  • Midway

    Midway

    I may have watched this over four nights while eating dinner. I liked Nick Jonas’s death by deep sea anchor. Otherwise deeply offensive and ugly!

  • Mr. Freedom

    Mr. Freedom

    Somehow an utterly bonkers dunk on America in a way that still feels applicable (less an inherent virtue of the film than a really sad, bleak coincidence) and yet...incredibly drab and tedious?  Ugh! The things I’ll sit through for Delphine Seyrig.

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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    When Nicole (Johansson) meets Nora (Dern), she's given the opportunity to articulate her feelings and work through the reasons why she wants to divorce her husband. Baumbach gives her an attentive audience, not just through Dern's (comically) overly earnest Nora, but through a long, uninterrupted shot that gives Nicole the opportunity for extended monologue. It registers as theatrical, a one-woman show.

    In contrast when Charlie (Driver) first meets with his eventual attorney Ted (Liotta), rapid cuts jump from Ted and…

  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

    Self quarantine day 1 is starting out rough