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  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

  • Eternals

  • The Comey Rule

    ★★★

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

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  • Suburban Birds

    Suburban Birds

    ★★★★½

    A team of engineers stand below a bridge. Shadows from moving train cars – also being reflected inside a frame within a frame – scurry across the dirt. The camera zooms in and out, panning between them, completely uninterested in masking the motion or change in depth, as they adjust their tripod, taking calculated measurements. 360 panoramic shots circle around them; its detached camera movement initially seems unconcerned with immersion or illusion. “Guess with your eyes,” someone suggests. There’s arguably…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    "I don't want to talk. We never talked. He was never interested. Why should I bother now?"

    A few weeks before he died, my Korean father lay resting in his UCLA hospital bed. I was sitting in a small chair between him and the window. I could see the 405 freeway, still under construction back then. He turned to me and asked if there was anything I wanted to ask him. We knew at this point he likely had less…

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  • The Comey Rule

    The Comey Rule

    ★★★

    Feels rushed. Wastes Scoot. Gleeson is great, physically -- got the mannerisms down pat -- but his voice work is... strange. Also, how many former FBI directors is Jeff Daniels allowed to play in his lifetime?

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★★

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

    "He never had the makings of a varsity athlete."

    Made in America, eh? Whatever happened to the strong, silent type? Well... he died, as Sil reminds us. "He was gay, Gary Cooper?" Yeah... after doing a full series rewatch, the haters can seriously suck it. Missing part of the entire point of the show if you can't see what Chase is doing here. The cycle of Uncles. Not only is this Chris' warped version of The Godfather II origin of…

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  • The 10th Kingdom

    The 10th Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    You know that feeling when, for better or worse, you watch something seventeen years after its original air date that makes you realize it's possibly the most informative and important piece of fiction you were exposed to as a child?

    Well... neither did I before yesterday...

    Virginia: "I have a hard time trusting people. I just never wanna jump unless I'm sure somebody's gonna catch me."

    Wolf: "Oh, I'll catch you. And if I miss for any reason, I'll sit by your bedside and nurse you back to health.

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