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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • The Batman

    ★★

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Reality has always felt to me like something tenuous, fragile, in flux. One afternoon in college, a friend and I were sitting in the dining hall contemplating the statistical improbability of every moment of our lives. "We're winning the lottery every second," he said, not to mean we had such great fortune (though of course in some ways we were both quite fortunate, in others both of us less so), but to mean that it was so unlikely that this…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watched this film three weeks ago and just now writing about it so take this with a grain of salt, as a reflection of what I still remember, rightly or wrongly, about a movie I didn't care enough to write about sooner.

    For a long time now, there's been some discourse about how Batman is bad, actually, how you have Bruce Wayne, a billionaire who could help Gotham City in real ways with his vast riches by using them to…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Oh, Dune. What are we to make of you, with your young white man of high birth on the path to becoming the leader of desert people, your evil baron whose fatness signifies his evil, your treacherous Asian man? Dune is...complicated. I think we need to reckon with those aspects, but I also think there are interesting wrinkles and complications worth talking about in Paul's arc, and in the suggestion that actually he may NOT be the chosen one, that…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★½

    Fuck, man, I don't know. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I am down for some valley mythologizing, and I fully expected this film to make me heartsick for California. And in fits and starts, it does. Anderson is meticulous, of course. The little living rooms of houses in the flatness of the valley, the billboards, the restaurants, all of it is perfect. Most of all, the light is perfect, and it was the golden sunlight that moved…