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  • Chain Letters

    Chain Letters

    ★★★★★

    Like an Edward Hopper painting of New York during the AIDS crisis, Chain Letters is an impeccably composed ode to loneliness shot through with violence, death and the fear that all interactions may not be what they seem. The conceit of the possibly cursed mail that changes hands throughout the movie is an abstract allegory, but the scenes of combative straight lovers and circumspect gay ones delicately dancing around their partners with combinations of sexual panic and familiarity-bred contempt hum…

  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    ★★★★

    Cynicism continues to age better than optimism. I never did see this when it first came out and it got razzed even by admirers for its over-reliance on ironic juxtapositions of Obama's campaign platitudes against the merciless mob drama that slices through a collapsing economy. Now, those Obama tags seem less like a work of obvious contrast than a more withering reminder of complicity of all figures who add window dressing to a system. When Obama says there is no…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    The great tragedy of Kevin Feige is that, beyond raking in a mountain of cash as the head of Marvel Studios, he truly wants to be seen as an impresario of artists. The recent dust-up caused by Martin Scorsese staring holes through Disney's stunt-casting of noteworthy emerging filmmakers to lend clout to a method of filmmaking dictated by studio notes and franchise bible supervisors punctured this self-delusion and prompted a wave of pathetic self-defensiveness in which the CEO was called…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

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

    Killing yourself to own the libs.