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  • Shanghai Express
  • Drive My Car
  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
  • Canyon Passage

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • Cry Macho

    ★★★½

  • Round Midnight

    ★★★★

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    ★★★★

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    "In his own unassuming, humble way, Hamaguchi Ryūsuke has joined those select few with Drive My Car, his second truly great film of 2021, and a giant step forward in his ongoing synthesis of various influences to create something entirely his own. That he has blown up the forty page Murakami Haruki short story of the same name into a three-hour epic is one thing, but his care on all levels — the script co-written with Oe Takamasa, the purposeful…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    “That recurring use of hucksters ascends to the level of text with Licorice Pizza, which returns to the sunny San Fernando Valley setting from the first half of his career. Set in 1973, the story follows Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, the son of Anderson’s deceased muse), a 15-year-old child actor and voracious entrepreneur, and Alana Kane (Alana Haim), a prospectless 25-year-old who transfixes Gary when he first sees her in line for high school photos. After immediately proclaiming his affection…

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    "Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."

    Reviewed this repulsive, shallow film for The Film Stage. I got a little mad.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★

    Batman v Superman is a brutal film, but not in its attitudes towards the narrative, the characters, or the viewer. Instead, it is astounding in the frank, unrestrained, yet almost impressionistic approach towards the subject matter and the weighty themes at hand. Snyder and his collaborators are unblinking in their depiction of the violence and lack of heroics that take place in a changed, darker world that in many, many ways reflects our own, but, incredibly, make them palatable in…