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  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    ★★★★½

    How often have you encountered a man of mass like Arnold Schwarzenegger? Probably incredibly infrequent. Yet for nearly two decades he was the prototype of a male action star. Schwarzenegger ushered in a new era of thespian: a hulk of a human who could also use wit economically; his performance was akin to flexing, turning to a mirror and winking.

    Revisionist history, however, will show that this prototype actually came years before. And it wasn’t a man, it was a…

  • The Music Lovers

    The Music Lovers

    ★★★★½

    The Music Lovers elicited this response from one of the all-time great film critics, Pauline Kael: “You feel (like) you should drive a stake through the heart of the man who made it.” The man who made it is Ken Russell. Historically speaking, The Music Lovers follows the doomed heterosexual attempts by famed composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) as he rises through the musical world by turning his back on his homosexuality and takes part in a sham of a…

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  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    ★★★

    The paper empire that was built on exclusive access to events in New York and the Bahamas is the key to the story. As entertaining it is to watch the horror comedy of rich kids paying to be somewhere where they thought they'd get great Instagram pics with InstaFamous people and loading up $800,000 to a wristband for a cashless experience of bliss, it's heartbreaking to watch the Bahamian woman talk about taking $50,000 out of her life savings to…

  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★½

    My family loves to go to the Banff Film Festival (a traveling weekend of outdoor documentaries), so by this point I've seen a few of Alex Honnold's rock climbs without a rope. Free Solo has more tech and camera placements than the ones I'd seen before so the climbs are more breathtaking/more armrest-grabbing in intensity, but what it more impressively has is the time to explore Alex and his relationships. I've read many accounts of people recoiling in horror in…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    When rock critics hear Queen’s impossible hit single “Bohemian Rhapsody” for the first time, Bryan Singer’s film (of the same name) flashes a bunch of dismissive critical quotes. One quote outstretches all the others and ends the sequence, that’s “perfectly adequate” and it perfectly describes the adequate rock biopic of aha musical moments, backstage drama, and 15-year reflections from backstage framing. But the problem is that where it isn't perfectly adequate and vanilla it's actually painfully safe and somewhat erasing,…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★½

    Get ready for complaints about the third act, but I say finally a wholly unpredictable third act in a superhero movie. Ultimately, I think the best way to enjoy Glass is the same way one can enjoy second shelf Brian De Palma. And at his best M. Night Shyamalan is second shelf De Palma. Like Raising Cain—or any De Palma film that packs in three different reveals and/or multiple character unmasking by the end—it doesn't feel like a masterpiece, but…