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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Trying to indicate the scale of a movie so immense and full of life that it can’t possibly be described (only experienced), the British critic Nigel Andrews wrote that calling “‘Yi Yi’ a three-hour Taiwanese family drama is like calling ‘Citizen Kane’ a film about a newspaper.” It’s a clever line, but those who haven’t seen Edward Yang’s final masterpiece could easily mistake it for a cop-out. At a passing glance, it seems like the kind of thing someone in…

  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★

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

    A madcap misadventure that starts with a gruesome vehicular homicide, ends with a parody of the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut,” and spends the rest of its time scrambling around New Orleans with two of the world’s most dynamic comic talents this side of Hobbs and Shaw, “The Lovebirds” sounds like $16 million well spent — if not a total balm for the bleakness around us, then at least one of this lost summer’s few surefire delights. Throw in…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    spiritually corrupt, but — BUT! — also flat and artless in a way that not even the worst Star Wars movies have been before.

    thanks to paternity leave, i have no professional obligation to keep thinking about this hugely disappointing capitulation to the most feckless elements of studio filmmaking. and so i won't.

    EDIT: Babu Frik innocent.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    THE FAVOURITE POWER RANKINGS

    1. Horatio: The Fastest Duck in the City
    2. Nicholas Hoult?
    3. Sandy Powell
    4. Rachel Weisz
    5. the bunny from the end. you'll know the one.
    6. Olivia Colman
    7. the naked dancing man who looks *way* too much like James Corden
    8. Emma Stone
    9. taylor swift's neo-nazi boyfriend from Operation Finale