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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    First, let me start this by saying that I'm a fan of JJ Abrams. I'm also a Star Wars fan. And although I'm not what you would consider a die-hard, I've definitely been one with the force pretty much since birth as my father told me that he and my mom took me to Return of the Jedi when I was merely an infant. I also am a fan of The Force Awakens. I found it to be a fanservicey…

  • The Great Hack

    The Great Hack

    ★★★½

    Privacy is scarier than any horror movie.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    I will have to admit I had a hard time parsing the Cannes premiere of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood with the film itself. Though it may shock some to hear I would not be in film criticism and for sure would never have reached the shores of The Riviera without Quentin Tarantino.

    I know of all the problematic things that come with him, his fetishization of women, his almost comically liberal use of the N-word, the uber-violence, his…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★

    A Chinese family discover their grandmother is terminally ill and they decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a fake wedding to gather celebrate before she dies. 

    There is something universal with families - especially immigrants and people of color. Family is more. There is a line in the THE FAREWELL about east vs west, individualism vs the common good. It speaks to the pain of that responsibility. This is not solely an east and west concept. First generation…