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  • Casablanca
  • Memento
  • Mary Poppins
  • Raising Arizona

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  • Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Feel Kinda Left Out

    ★★½

  • Earth Mama

    ★★★★

  • Birth/Rebirth

    ★★★★

  • Run Rabbit Run

    ★★★

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  • Earth Mama

    Earth Mama

    ★★★★

    In San Francisco, a Black woman named Gia (Tia Nomore) is facing that reality. Only recently clean and sober, she’s jumping through the hoops necessary to get her two kids back from foster care — court-ordered classes and programs and whatnot, which she struggles to attend because she’s also working as many hours as she can (which the court also requires). Oh, and she’s pregnant, and very reasonably afraid that she will lose custody of this baby as soon as…

  • Birth/Rebirth

    Birth/Rebirth

    ★★★★

    Just over 50 percent of this year’s Sundance films were directed by women, a remarkable achievement in inclusivity. Birth/Rebirth is one of them, and I’m so glad — glad the movie exists, and glad it wasn’t a man who made it. Playing in the Midnight section, it’s a messed-up horror film that is messed up in ways so specifically related to womanhood that if a guy thought of it, he’d be accused of being tasteless and exploitative. But a non-guy?…

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  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    I hadn't seen this since Sundance 2002, where it was a big hit, and where Roger Ebert famously shouted down an audience member who, during the Q&A, scolded Lin for making a movie about Asian-Americans that didn't show them in a wholly positive light. Ebert was NOT HAVING IT. I wish I had been at that screening (and then for some reason ignored common sense and stayed for the Q&A).

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzP9YV3jbc

    It's a very confident debut film (solo debut; Justin…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    The title character dropped out of med school and has chosen as her life's work a campaign to teach brutal lessons to men who take advantage of drunk women. She has justice in mind for a few specific individuals, too.

    Some might say that her tactics go too far. If this were a true story I'd probably have some qualms. But as fiction, I can just enjoy it, like watching someone else drive a car recklessly while I sit safely…