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  • Flux Gourmet

    ★★★

  • Captain Marvel

    ★★

  • A Chiara

    ★★★

  • Love Streams

    ★★½

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  • Flux Gourmet

    Flux Gourmet

    ★★★

    51/100

    "When you alter the sound that much, you lose all connection to the activity."
    "But that's the whole point of what we do! Why do it if it remains in the culinary context?"
    "And why do it if it's completely divorced from it?"

    Always amused by a film that anticipates my primary objection and debates it within the text.

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★

    40/100

    Mike Catches Up With Recent MCU Movies He Skipped: An Odyssey Undertaken Solely For The Purpose Of Watching The New Sam Raimi Without Having Some Weird Anal-Retentive Breakdown (Please Do Not Waste Your Valuable Time Arguing With Mike In The Comments About How Dumb This Is, Just Accept His Sickness), Part 1 of 5.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…