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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★½

    I started watching this on my own on my laptop, and then it struck me that I had no connection to this story on my own. I was enjoying it, but I wasn’t feeling it the way it seemed like I might. So I turned it off an hour in, and proposed that we watch it as a family. This story is deeply important to my mom, and she can’t even read the first page of the novel without weeping.…

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★★

    A spectre is haunting the world. Fritz Lang knows it. It is a spectre whose face we cannot see, whose identity we yearn to uncover. It is a spectre whose presence is felt by every human being, simply by the hole which would be left by its absence. Some imagine it to be a violent, vindictive spectre, and others, a kind and gentle one. Still others believe it is not a spectre at all but a task achievable by men.…

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  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★½

    Regina King is a fine director, and I’m sure she’ll go on to bigger and better things behind the camera. The whole thing feels a bit stilted and unnatural, which may not be entirely her fault, but it definitely seems like an issue a more experienced hand could solve. It’s Kemp Powers’ screenplay that grabs me most, along with a few performances.

    Clearly, this is an actor’s movie, and I’m sadly quite mixed on this front. Kingsley Ben-Adir doesn’t deserve…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    On a whim, with my Starz trial. Goodness, what a film. A feat of sustained intensity few could match, as three talents converge: Damien Chazelle, Miles Teller, and JK Simmons. And behind it all, supplementing this pitch-perfect symphony, is Chazelle’s not-so-secret weapon, Justin Hurwitz.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★

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

    For starters: No, I’m not the most important person to be talking about this. Far from it. Of course, other takes from people with a deeper and more vested connection to the material may be of more value. I’m still going to share my thoughts because that’s what this site is for, and because someone may get something out of my perspective.

    Cast to perfection and with craftsmanship at the top of its game, Promising Young Woman is a display of…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★

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

    This was nearly four hours of Zack Snyder’s original vision. I still don’t like it. What it gains from being slightly more consistent (though it doesn’t really have a clearer focus), it loses from Snyder’s excesses. His worldview comes through clear as day, and it’s just as bad as I expected.

    Snyder wants these characters to be worshipped. Not revered. Not appreciated. Worshipped. We can see it in the weird cultish following of women Aquaman has in the town he…