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  • Imaginary Heroes

    ★★★½

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

  • Office Christmas Party

    ★★

  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★★

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  • Imaginary Heroes

    Imaginary Heroes

    ★★★½

    This isn't breaking much new ground as a study of the hidden struggles and resentments of middle-class suburban life, but I kept expecting it to take a plunge into wannabe-deep stupidity and it never does. It can't also avoid melodrama, but the actors are so dialed-in to these sad people that even the soap-opera twists surrounding them play more or less like real life. Jeff Daniels getting it in his head this last decade that he should play Voices of Reason and not lousy fuck-up dads is a tremendous waste of potential.

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

    A very fun and flamboyantly stylish inversion of Knives Out's serious-mystery-or-not? gambit, one that surprised and delighted me at all the right moments. I do wonder if Rian Johnson would be able to continue surprising me now that the series' formula is more or less set in place, he can leave some of these tricks behind for the third one. And the first 10 minutes are kind of annoying but I don't think the people proclaiming it the most irritating, Online movie ever really gave it a chance after those 10 minutes (or maybe even before the movie started).

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  • Mattress Man Commercial

    Mattress Man Commercial

    ★★★★½

    For me, all of PSH's skills are conveyed in this. It's 53 seconds long, an almost precise recreation of a local mattress store commercial, and it only appeared on the 2-disc special edition of Punch-Drunk Love. In it, PSH plays his character in PDL, Dean Trumbell, the owner of a mattress store who also doubles as the leader of a phone sex ring. In this clip, he's recording a commercial on the top of the store's roof, wearing a too-small…

  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy

    ★★★★

    A film with the shocking revelation that there are people worse than Mike Love out there.