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  • Half Girlfriend

    Half Girlfriend

    Half Girlfriend is a tiresome retread of a familiar Bollywood setup. The world within the film exists for the manipulation and satisfaction of the male lead character, regardless of the toll it takes on the woman he pursues.

    Just as in another problematic movie from earlier in 2017 — Badrinath Ki Dulhania — Half Girlfriend tries to justify its outdated formula by having its main character hail from a state with a bad reputation regarding gender equality. Half Girlfriend‘s Madhav…

  • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

    Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

    I was really hoping this would give some backstory that was missing from the game, and maybe it did, but not in a way that was comprehensible to anyone who didn't have access to all of the source materials. This is the cinematic equivalent of when your older relatives talk about someone you've never met, but that they're so familiar with that they can't even conceive of a world in which other people don't have access to the exact same…

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  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★★½

    I'm happy to call out sexism in movies when I see it, but I think some have been quick to judge this version of CINDERELLA as a typical "damsel in distress" tale and leave it at that. Shortly after Lady Tremaine locks Cinderella in the attic, seemingly for good, Cinderella steels herself against her present circumstances, twirling as she remembers her night at the ball for what it is: a memory. She's not expecting to be rescued. She's making peace…

  • The World's End

    The World's End

    ★★★★½

    My favorite element of this movie are the gags that are the comic equivalent of jump scares: quick-hit gags with no setup that are as surprising as they are funny. Wright and Pegg are better at that than anyone else. This movie is great.