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  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★½

    “A man once told me that you step out of your door in the morning, and you are already in trouble. The only question is are you on top of that trouble or not?”

    Devil in a Blue Dress works magnificently as a film noir, but what truly makes it soar is how it gives us a new prism to look through. It's another 1940s Los Angeles potboiler, but when this movie's femme fatale (Jennifer Beals) tells the private investigator,…

  • Asako I & II

    Asako I & II

    ★★★★

    Most of us are always split on what we want, wanting the best of both worlds. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi brilliantly illustrates that with Asako I & II. And while the desire to be both with an aloof, mysterious, reckless, and sensual lover and a more stable, reliable, wholly committed lover is an easy narrative to weave, what Hamaguchi does very well is create an atmosphere of absence.

    Absence, if we're being honest, is how our memories work. We create a sense of…

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  • Les Girls

    Les Girls

    ★★★

    Les Girls makes the mistake that movies did for decades, which is thinking a woman's relationship to a man is the most interesting exploration. For when George Cukor's lite musical lets the titular girls (Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg) giggle with each other, get drunk together, and sing about whoopsie-doopsie. It's right there in the title! Show the girls! Not that Gene Kelly is bad but les girls has such energy with the women as a trio and following…

  • Bringing Up Baby

    Bringing Up Baby

    ★★★★

    So many great zingers and leopard slapstick but nothing tops Katharine Hepburn walking around after she lost her heel, her mouth as wide with cheery laughter as this movie gave me. Weird to smile through the stress, but what zip! (And forget without his glasses, Cary Grant looks most handsome in a chiffon.)

    (I thought I'd seen this years ago and was doing a rewatch but quickly realized this was a shameful first watch for me!)

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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★

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

    Stephen King makes a cameo in It: Chapter Two as an antique dealer in Derry, Maine. Although the sequel makes numerous jokes about grown up Bill (James McAvoy) being a popular horror author who can't find the right endings to his books—seemingly an obvious self-aware dig with King's counting-his-money blessing—but it's the antique setting that's actually most appropriate for King. Because It: Chapter Two is a too faithful adaptation of King's work it not only carries the author's excessive busyness,…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    When rock critics hear Queen’s improbable 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,…