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  • The Homesman

    The Homesman

    ★★★½

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

    I like Tommy Lee Jones quite a lot, and he is peak Tommy Lee Jones in this movie. Cantankerous but charming, like an aging Muppet. Hilary Swank is the real star - she allows her face to show her age and strength, and it is 100% effective. But my feelings toward this movie have soured the more I think about it (and it's impossible for me to talk about why without spoiling).

    This whole movie hinges on a bait and…

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    ★★★★

    Watched this with a friend as part of our monthly feminist film series, and I'm glad she picked it because I probably wouldn't have watched it otherwise. Featuring babies Diane Lane (15 at the start of filming) and Laura Dern (12!!!!!) as disaffected young girls in a punk rock band and the movement they inspire, this movie blurs fiction and reality in vertiginous ways. The movie inspired many actual girl groups (and many a great costume, I assume). They travel…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    I'm not sure at this point that I can actually separate the circumstances under which I saw this film with the film itself.

    When I got to the theatre, I wasn't expecting to see The Master. I had bought tickets to see Baraka in 70mm; I knew that there was a sneak peek going on that day, but I had assumed it was happening later, after Baraka. It wasn't until I picked up my tickets and the ticket lady asked…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    The night is dark and full of terrors.

    I hadn't seen this since high school, and had forgotten almost everything except the first murder and the ending.

    I had forgotten so much. It is a perfect example of letting the mind fill in the blanks to create an even more powerful effect than showing the actual violence. What we do see, the aftermath of violence, the characters' reactions, and the dark and disgusting atmosphere, is horrifying enough. The lust kill,…