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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★½

    Fittingly, this is even better on a repeat viewing.

  • The Big Boss

    The Big Boss

    ★★★½

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

    Tonally, it's a bit ramshackle (it's a movie where a guy comically gets his silhouette punched through a wall, but also a kid gets stabbed to death), but you can instantly see why it made Bruce Lee a star. Sure, the story and the camerawork frame him as heroic, but he has that added, ineffable quality that makes you root for him and see him as something special. When he finally starts throwing punches and kicks, you can't help but cheer.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

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

    Between this and Hereditary, I’m confident saying I’m not an Ari Aster fan. On a technical level, his skill is undeniable, but it lacks artistry. Everything he does is painfully self-aware and there’s no empathy for his characters. The deaths of family members are exploited and crassly used for shock value with minimal reckoning. He’s made two movies that are ostensibly about unimaginable grief, and yet they both get bogged down in mythological bullshit. By the end, you’re no longer focused on the protagonist because of some threatening cultish other. Spare me.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★½

    I went into Rocketman expecting to like it, but I absolutely loved it. The film, in addition to being marvelously directed with showstopping renditions of Elton John’s songs, takes its biggest liability—the well-worn tropes of the music biopic—and turns them into an asset, letting go of a specific history of John and instead trying to channel the spirit of his story. Rather than build up a myth, John, who served as an EP on the film, lets Rocketman tear him…