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  • The Karate Kid

    The Karate Kid

    ★★★★½

    Being a fan of pop culture in the 2010s has meant a lot of things, but one of them has definitely been being subject to boat loads of 80s nostalgia of which I have none. There was a Ghostbusters revival, a Star Wars revival, those commercials that recreated significant portions of Ferris Bueller and E.T., the very existence of Stranger Things with its infinite call-backs to E.T., Aliens, Indiana Jones, etc. But as a big-time fan of How I Met…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    Before 2019’s Captain Marvel or 2017’s Wonder Woman had the opportunity to be smash successes, Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, a character that was equal parts bad-assery, sadism, and unabashed sexuality, was the closest the comic book movie world had to a genuine female star. And, yes, that’s a direct knock on ScarJo’s Black Widow. Given the character’s popularity, Robbie’s interest in playing the character, the Me Too movement, and the subsequent success of Wonder Woman…

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  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★½

    During my senior year at the College of the Holy Cross, the administration was absolutely ecstatic. USA Today had just come out with a new ranking of Catholic colleges in the country. We were named number two. Two! No one in the world has ever been this happy to be in second place since the Pepsi execs realized how much money they would make from their product’s prominent placement in Alexander Payne’s Election solely to mock its second place status.…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    When a glass countertop shatters under the weight of Boston Celtics legend Kevin Garnett as he stares deep into the rare black opal that gives the movie its title, he takes it as a sign. We struggle to understand what he sees, but for KG it’s clear: he and this stone were meant to be. By contrast, when Adam Sandler’s Howard Ratner, an manic gambling addict who owes a considerable sum to almost everyone he meets, finds himself naked in…