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  • Farinelli

    Farinelli

    In Gérard Corbiau’s Farinelli, cups and pools of milky white liquid abound. They come in the form of creams and medicines and other things but their significance isn’t clear until nearly the end of the film, when a flashback delivers a shocking reveal. Unfortunately, that motif is one of the few notes of grace or nuance in the entire movie. The rest of it consists of pseudo-artsy flourishes like a recurring dream of a horse’s mane blowing in the wind…

  • Tarantula

    Tarantula

    ★★★

    As far as Tarantula‘s Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar) is concerned, the spider the size of an office building is only the second most confounding thing to stroll into town. What he really can’t seem to get over is the arrival, a few days earlier, of a female biologist (Mara Corday as Stephanie ‘Steve’ Clayton). “I knew it,” he remarks, “Give ’em the vote and what do you get? Lady scientists!” The movie itself shares in his condescension, saddling Corday…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★

    Made me wish I was never really there.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    It’s starting to seem like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just an excuse to perfect that time-reversing face CGI thing used to restore veteran movie stars to their youthful glory. In the latest installment, we get not one, not two but three Hollywood legends briefly appearing like they haven’t in years: Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. The dream of the 90s is alive in Ant-Man and the Wasp. But that’s just one of the tricks director Peyton Reed has up his sleeve in this sequel that’s bigger, more inventive, funnier and more fun than its predecessor...

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