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  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • Stalker
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Spirited Away

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  • The Menu

    ★★½

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★½

    S’okay. It has at least one perfect joke. It’s dreadfully on the nose in most parts and incoherent in others, which is fine really, but I wish they got even campier with it if they didn’t want to go for thoughtful nuance. And I like Anya Taylor-Joy as an actor and, you know, just a person to look at, but tbh it was a bit of a casting error to pick someone who—whatever the truth is or isn’t—does not look like they’ve eaten a cheeseburger in more than a decade. Nicholas Hoult still doing his dummy thing to great effect, and Hong Chau is a standout.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    I can't give this a rating because I feel quietly destroyed by this film and its outlook, which is maybe a good thing in terms of "art" or whatever and deserves four or even five stars but, emotionally it's a one.

    This is about how life strips you of everything, how other people strip you of everything, or more probably how you strip yourself of everything, until you become just a bitter old man with a blood feud on another…

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  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    Bodies Bodies Bodies

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

    True or not, this FEELS like an elder millennial wrote a bunch of zoomer characters based on some cursory TikTok research. Which would be less of a deal if the story didn’t turn totally rudderless halfway through. There are so many scenes of people needlessly moving from one room to another, and even the violence has a wheel-spinning quality—so much so that ending became painfully obvious.

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★½

    The first and only time I have ever even been in a casino was in 2019 (I had 20.00 and lost it all in one slot go). Despite that, the surroundings of The Card Counter felt intensely familiar thanks to a childhood spent following my mom around to conformation dog shows. Unless it's a summer show with nice weather, they're all in these huge dim-lit exhibition halls located in the third- or fourth-smallest town of the surrounding area. You see…