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  • Brothers

    ★★★

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

  • The Lovely Bones

    ★★

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★★

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    Judas and the Black Messiah feels true, something beyond historical accuracy or objectivity. There's a point-of-view here, and I don't know enough about the specific events shown to remark on any down-to-the-detail faithfulness. There is never any way to know everything, anyway, especially when dealing with people, and one of the greatest strengths here is that it embraces the humanity of both our leads, William O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) and Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).

    A couple of weeks ago, I read…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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

    I've met the girl I'm going to marry one day.

    It's a joke. It's funny. You know it's never going to happen. Yeah right, Gary.

    Introducing Alana Valentine.
    Idiot.

    It's a joke. It's funny. Except maybe it's going to happen.

    The first two times I saw this movie it was projected on 70mm, and I missed the fuzziness of that in the digital viewing. The way film makes it feel even more like memory, hazy and uncertain, got a little…

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  • Brothers

    Brothers

    ★★★

    There is no movie trailer that has stuck in my mind more than the one for Jim Sheridan's Brothers. It has everything! A song by The Fray! A man's daughter telling her father that her mother would rather sleep with his brother! Lots of cuts to a black, blank screen to build tension! I never really thought about the trailer or the movie until I would see the film available on a streaming service. And then I would remember. I…

  • The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones

    ★★

    Isn't really a thriller, isn't really about coming to terms with death, isn't really about grief because it's too caught up in translating the book's ~creative~ narrative device onto screen (take this vaguely, as I read the book years ago; didn't like it when I read it, either), and it provides absolutely no real catharsis. Did I cry a lot because I've lost a sibling too soon? Yeah, but this movie isn't exploring that, either. It isn't effectively exploring anything. Insulting. Infuriating.

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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

    Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza opens on boys in their school bathroom. Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) is fixing his hair for school pictures when a cherry bomb goes off. He and the boys run out. Alana Kane (Alana Haim) walks down the picture line offering a mirror and comb. At the end of the scene, filled with snippy, fun banter while Gary asks Alana out, the photographer slaps Alana's ass.

    There is no real plot here, the movie episodically structured,…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ★★½

    Do you know how disturbing it is that you can compartmentalize to such a degree that you can abuse me while eating mac and cheese?
    Abuse you?
    Verbally abuse me.
    Thanks for the clarification. It's kind of an important one.

    I was going to write a review about how this movie is about an abusive relationship, but it doesn't ultimately know that. About how it's important to show an abusive relationship in this way, where Marie, the abused party, isn't…