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  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★½

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★★

  • Turning Red

    ★★★½

  • Lilo & Stitch

    ★★★★

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  • Happening

    Happening

    ★★★★

    “You have no choice.”

    One part autobiographical exorcism, two parts social warning, and a double-serving of real-world body horror, ‘Happening’ combines just a handful of elements into a potent force. A bracing lead performance paired with patient yet informative filmmaking accomplishes what few versions of this story could: it allows the story to tell itself without any heavy-handed monologuing or obsequious showboating. The result is difficult to watch yet impossible to turn away from, the legitimacy of its naked honesty…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★½

    “The multiverse is a concept about which we know frighteningly little.”

    Cautioned Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in box-office behemoth ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home.’ We’re somewhat better-versed these days, as the MCU’s Phase 4 has laid the groundwork for multiple realities that allow you to have your cake in one dimension and eat it in the next. Animated series “What If…?” explored the butterfly-effect possibilities with some of the saga’s core characters, while ‘No Way Home’ demonstrated the crowd-pleasing potential…

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  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★½

    “I don’t want to look kind-hearted.”

    The closing chapter of the positively Jacobean trilogy of revenge that made Park Chan-wook’s name is perhaps the most underrated: less flashy and somehow even darker than its predecessors, it doesn’t deliver the satisfying pulpy punch of ‘Oldboy’ but worms its way into your brain and takes up residence there for weeks.

    The titular Lady Vengeance appears (on the surface) to be the filmmaker’s most daring and provocative protagonist to that date: Lee Geum-ja…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★★

    “That’s right, Ice…Man, I am dangerous.”

    As the kids say, “it’s a vibe.” Tony Scott knew how to make a movie cool, and ‘Top Gun’s’ clearly stuck around all these years for the atmosphere, the swagger, and Cruiseiness of it all. It’s less to me about what’s going on than how it’s going on, and we’d be way better off if more big movies spent less time worrying about the story and more time worrying about the feel. This feels effortless. 

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  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    ★½

    “You were looking for the key for years, but the door was always open.”

    Economic crisis. Sweeping statements about a country and its culture, polarized by income inequality. An unreliable, bootstrapping narrator. Mercifully, this isn’t ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ “The White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga’s bestseller, was a riveting satire when it dropped towards the tail end of the 2008 financial crisis and a modern look at India with far more bite than the Dickensian ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ which came out a mere month…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    “Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?”

    There is a scene, about midway through ‘Promising Young Woman,’ Emerald Fennell’s eye-shattering zeitgeist-inspired response to the #MeToo movement, in which a man pulls his truck next to our heroine, Cassie (Carey Mulligan), and throws a few choice words her way, including the one you really shouldn’t lob at a young woman at the end of her rope. (You know the one). Scored to Wagner’s darkly epic piece “Liebestod,” Cassie gets…