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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★★★½

    Steve McQueen's Small Axe: Mangrove is a tense legal drama about protest and police brutality more attune to the modern world than its contemporary Netflix competitor The Trial of the Chicago 7. The Mangrove Nine, accused of inciting a riot while protesting police brutality in 1970 Notting Hill, London. McQueen handles the matter with reverence, humor and realism; he avoids creating saints of the accused. A powerful start to the series

  • My Favorite Wife

    My Favorite Wife

    ★★★

    The Criterion Channel guided me to the Cary Grant-Irene Dunne comedic stepchild My Favorite Wife: a testament to everything to be hated about jealousy and ownership in marriage. Heterosexuals are so weird! Dunne is a lively force under peculiar circumstances: after being shipwrecked on an island for 7 years, she returns home to find her husband recently re-married to a droll lady. Complicating that jealousy, she hides her island companion: a studly Randolph Scott (Cary Grant's reallife roommate). Grant and…

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★

    Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s Where'd You Go, Bernadette strips much of the grit and mystery from the Seattle-based bestseller. What remains is an ode to pulling yourself out of the trap of the banality of life with Cate Blanchett in full neurotic, sardonic yet tender and ambitious splendor. Without duplicating her Oscar-winning neurotic performance in Blue Jasmine, Saint Blanchett ricochets in her own brain--monologuing emails to her virtual assistant, raging against Seattle and its privileged monotony, braving the…

  • Legally Blonde

    Legally Blonde

    ★★★★

    Fun fact: Legally Blonde was the first PG-13 movie I saw after turning thirteen. Another fun fact: I still adore this movie. From bend-and-snap to the way to slap someone and help them simultaneously, this 2001 comedy, which premiered shortly before 9/11, ended an era and began another. One of the best anti-romantic comedies, period; it solidifies the girl-power sensibilities of the nineties, reclaiming the color pink (only for Paris Hilton to taint again), and bunking stereotypes without too many…