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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★½

    I sure do love small, tense, slow-build movies. My favorite thing about this one is the breakdown of social order. The central family has set up its own tiny society, with new rules and a new way to survive in the post-apocalypse. When the new family arrives, they invite them in out of a desire to live the way things used to be, to be kind and obey the social rules from "before".

    But if there's one thing that every…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    The first and second acts are so incredibly wonderful and engaging. I was one of the people who sat in the theater and inexplicably cried during the Amazon training montage. The entire Amazonian 30-ish minute sequence was the greatest thing I've seen on screen this year. Robin Wright. ROBIN WRIGHT. And the scene where Diana goes over the top of the trench--bawled. It was so moving and gratifying to be given a warm, passionate, unstoppably fierce warrior woman hero in…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    I really admire Alex Garland for making this his directorial debut. It's small in scale, but ambitious in its intensity and focus, and in how dark and negative it is about men, especially in relation to women.

    I see this movie as an allegory for the internet and its treatment of women. As Adam Savage said in his wonderful story for The Moth, if the internet was a person, that person would have a serious problem with women. (themoth.org/posts/stories/talking-to-my-kids-about-sex-in-the-internet-age) In…

  • My Dinner with André

    My Dinner with André

    ★★★½

    I watched the first half one night while very tired. When Andre was still going on and on about Grotowski 40 minutes in, I turned it off and went to bed.

    Well, the second half was a LOT better, I'm so glad I finished it. The conversation focuses on pretty standard Buddhism-inspired ideas of mindfulness and awakening to one's life and not behaving like a zombie in a world full of unthinking and unaware people. But I really liked how…