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  • This Boy’s Life

    This Boy’s Life

    ★★★½

    Robert De Niro wrecks everything as an abusive stepdad gradually revealing his toxically masculine core. His performance elevates what would otherwise be another functional period domestic drama with a dickish protagonist made to seem less dickish by his youth and his inferior position to his stepdad. De Niro's sax solo is a comic gem, though, and deserves recognition.

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★½

    This is a movie that understands in its bones how fucking lonely and awful it is to be the smartest person in the room.

    The room, of course, is full of people who would never call themselves stupid but most certainly are. Those people would also likely never understand this movie, much less like it. Which is a shame, 'cause if those people could empathize with these characters, maybe the smartest people in the room wouldn't be so fucking lonely. 


    The cycle's vicious and unending.


    We're just waiting for that bus, hoping it'll take us to somewhere we belong.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Chazelle. Gosling. Stone. Just one teensy-tinsy narrative sour note. And one hell of an ending.

    Y'all have no idea how hard your world is about to get rocked.

    EDIT 12/2/16: Okay. Guess y'all have a pretty good idea.

  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    ★★★

    A classic. It's terrible in almost every way. But it's a classic.