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  • Clue
  • Before Sunset
  • The Social Network
  • Charade

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

  • Black Girl

    ★★★★

  • Les Misérables

    ★★★

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

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  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds

    ★★★½

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

    How's that feel?
    Really good.
    Seems like it.

    What would I even say?
    The way he makes you feel. You'd think that would matter to her.
    You'd think.

    You okay?
    I'm fine.

    On rewatch, Amanda drinking the roofied screwdriver was devastating as much as it was rewarding -- a selfless act of love; a giving of herself for another person. There's ambiguity in it, of course. Maybe it's just a cost/benefit analysis; maybe it's just a pro/con list written in…

  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

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

    Maybe love will set you free.

    Tell me, how does it feel with my teeth in your heart?
    -- MEDEA, Euripides

    Am I bad?

    Then I realized that we all think we might be terrible people. But we only reveal this before asking someone to love us.
    -- THE FIRST BAD MAN, Miranda July

    A world of love wants no monsters in it.

    When is a monster not a monster? / Oh, when you love it.
    -- START HERE, Caitlyn…

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

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

    Things I Liked and thought were F-U-N-N, Fun:

    - Jamie actually pausing to listen to Marian's message about going to Shots Night mid-cunnilingus, and asking Carla if she's going when Marian asks if Carla is going
    - When Sukie is calling and Jamie assumes it's Marian and asks her not to call when she's having sex, and then it cuts to Marian getting a busy signal because she was calling again and Jamie knew she would be
    - When Sukie…

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★

    To love another person is to see the face of God.

    So much of the filmmaking here is... suspect. I understand the novel is a tome, but it immediately feels like we're watching the movie on 1.5x speed, running through plot and character beats because there just is not enough time to let anything breathe in the allotted two and half hours. The camera and editing are both kinetic, cutting quickly without any sort of finesse or style, and the…

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  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★★

    The moment where Q's parents are fighting so he crawls out his window, knocks on Monica's, and she lets him in so he can sleep on her floor, and you know they've done this hundreds of times? Yeah.

  • Barbie

    Barbie

    ★★★½

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

    Greta Gerwig's Barbie is resplendent, a cotton candy confection that melts away in its second half as it tries to become something more solid and less sugary. It's fun, and it's funny -- Barbie dejectedly saying she doesn't control the flow of commerce, every member of *Nsync is an Allan, and every choice Ryan Gosling makes as Ken is truly incredible. There's bite, a clever transparency making fun of itself even as it can't escape its purpose as a toy…