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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ½

    An overaged Hardy Boy goes on an increasingly preposterous quest for a woman he barely knows because, apparently, he’s infatuated and also unemployed and, this whole thing being cloyingly referential, because shit like this happened in other movies. 

    Mitchell’s camera serially leers at women’s bodies. He seems to try to address this by having one woman decry “the male gaze” and later detouring through a montage of vintage sexist advertising; developing even a single female character beyond one dimension might’ve…

  • Liza Minnelli: Liza With a Z

    Liza Minnelli: Liza With a Z

    ★★★★½

    The razzle dazzle may seem dated, but for demonstrating the infectious joys of performance, harmonizing, and movement, this stands right alongside Stop Making Sense. 

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    “We are Americans,” an evil doppelgänger declares, and the movie’s final shot will back that up. It’s a harsh message, softly peddled and easily overwhelmed by the scares and the fight scenes and the blood splatters. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this feels like a hint of commentary buried in an otherwise accomplished but conventional horror film. 

    As a horror film, though, it’s certainly effective. (I’m so glad I avoided the trailers and went in completely blind.) Peele…

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★★

    Ok let’s not talk about Elizabeth Moss for a minute. Her monumental, mercurial performance as Becky Something starts and maybe should end the Best Actress conversation, but hold that thought. 

    Perry has written a dense, blistering five-act script. He distends a familiar narrative arc, then makes every beat surprising, sometimes shocking, in its specificity and unvarnished honesty. He gives Moss torrents of words — rants jammed with alliteration and pop culture riffs and vulgar asides — while maintaining multiple perspectives;…