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  • Eternals

    ★★½

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★½

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

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

    What a strange movie, and generally not in a good way.

    To a degree, Eternals is handicapped by the fact that the Eternals themselves have generally been dull characters, especially compared to Jack Kirby's other big 70s cosmic creations over at DC, Darkseid and the rest of the New Gods. The one with the most personality has generally been party girl Sersi, and the Gemma Chan version is too earnest and generic a heroine to carry this movie. The only…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

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

    What an absolutely lovely vibe of a movie, which I would have gladly lived in for many more hours than PTA and company chose to give us. Both this and Almost Famous take place in the year I was born, and thus a time I'm too young to remember (though long lines at the gas station remained a problem long enough for me to notice), but each film recreates this moment with such love and specificity that it feels like…

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

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

    The final films of the previous two live-action Spider-Man movie franchises both suffered terribly from superhero sequelitis, trying to squeeze in too many villains and too many story concepts. More often than not, when you have two or more villains in these kinds of films, you may as well have no villains, because nobody gets enough screen time to properly establish themselves. (The rare exception: Batman Returns, though it's arguable how much of a villain Catwoman is in that one.)…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

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

    For decades, Let It Be was the most famous music documentary nobody could see. Michael Lindsay-Hogg's legendarily dark chronicle of The Beatles' recording of what would become their final album (even if they recorded Abbey Road afterwards) has more recently become available online in low-res bootleg rips of the VHS version that was on sale briefly in the 80s. Mostly, though, the Let It Be film exists more as legend than fact — a legend in which the Fab Four…