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  • The Witness

    The Witness

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly beautiful and tender. William Genovese goes searching for answers in the infamous murder of his sister Kitty that started the sociological study of bystander apathy. When the details of her case turn out to be myth, William’s quest becomes an odd sort of attempt to do justice to his sister’s memory so that she becomes more than just her death and a misrepresented death at that.

  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★½

    Charlie Kaufman is and always will be a bundle of neuroses, but damn if he can’t make a compelling narrative out it. I love how this film is about how no one feels comfortable in the world and so we grasp for escapism or the illusion of control just so we don’t have to sit with the randomness of existence. Fun!

  • Clueless

    Clueless

    ★★★★½

    Easily one of the best reimaginings on film. Endlessly clever and the way it uses the 90s to help accent the setting rather than making the era feel dated is genius.

  • Dave

    Dave

    ★★★★

    The sweetest movie you’ll ever see about a coup d’etat!

    You really have to lean into the Everyman fantasy for the film to work because otherwise you have to deal with its neoliberalism horseshit. It’s far easier to be like “Being the President is fun!” than “We need a jobs program because it’s not like the problem in our country is poor paying jobs rather than unemployment.” Thank goodness for Kevin Kline and Ivan Reitman’s feather-light touch.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    Even though it's not my favorite Nolan movie, I'm still kind of in awe of its existence. It's unlike any other war movie as Nolan works to make it as purely experiential as possible with the bleak stakes of survival or death. It's a movie where you don't know most of the characters' names or invest in their relationships because the only thing that matters is survival.

  • Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox

    ★★★★

    Watching this makes you want to burn the media to the ground.

    Let's for a moment assume that what the prosecution says is true: Amanda Knox is a psychopath who manipulated men into a ritualistic sex-murder. Pretty sensational, right? But how is that news? How does this affect anything beyond its principal players? The question 'Amanda Knox' plays with isn't, "Did she do it?" (the evidence is pretty conclusive that she didn't and the lead investigator's case rests on a…

  • The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    ★★½

    It’s hard to imagine a movie as poorly timed as Marc Munden’s vibrant new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel.

    Click over to Collider for the full review: collider.com/the-secret-garden-review-colin-firth/

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    I really wrestle with this movie. There are aspects of it on a macro level that I think are amazing. It is a sci-fi epic trying to be in the vein of 2001 with regards to its ambition, and when it clicks, you’re seeing Nolan do storytelling on a scale that only he is capable of (in part because studios won’t give that kind of opportunity to other filmmakers). But there are key moments where the film really whiffs and…

  • The Speed Cubers

    The Speed Cubers

    ★★★★

    Adored this. Just a beautiful and sweet story about friendship, neurodiversity, and what it means to support another person against the fun, low-stakes background of solving Rubix’s Cubes competitively.

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★½

    There are some interesting ideas in Brandon Trost’s debut feature, but the script needed more polish.

    Click over to Collider for the full review: collider.com/an-american-pickle-hbo-max-review-seth-rogen/

  • Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

    Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator

    ★★★

    This is solid, but it feels like just part of a much larger, tragic tapestry of how society allows charismatic, abusive men to run rampant and that the justice they receive always pales in comparison to the crimes they’ve committed.

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★★½

    The film really rewards repeat viewings because once you get in the swing of all the character relationships, the script sings.