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  • Something of Mine

    Something of Mine

    ★★★½

    Drama class acting, 35-year-old frat boys, pacts with a passive aggressive demon, a pun-spitting ghoul, a closing credits theme song, characters named after the New Kids on the Block, and a grumpy detective all add up to a wonderful 52 minutes of regional SOV candy. Delightful.

  • $

    $

    ★★★½

    Beatty's character's leftist politics tellingly don't extend to redistributing his liberated funds to anyone but himself. Anyway this has what feels like a 45 minute chase sequence for a climax and it's kind of astoundingly protracted and strange. MVP Gert Frobe.

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    Great job turning this deeply idiosyncratic, sprawling story about collective trauma and history into Serious Beetlejuice.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    Reminds you of what this sort of thing can be with an actual director behind it instead of merely a gang of well-meaning producers. Johnson deploys a few basic narrative and visual tricks that haven't really popped up in a STAR WARS film before, along with his usual precise frames and tight technical craft, and a particular attention to emotional continuity. There's also a welcome preoccupation with collateral damage, both physical and psychic. One thing Johnson's films have never really…