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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★★

    Saw this again in theaters, without the benefits of Moviepass, so you know it's real.

    A movie about a bi-racial girl with two shitty white mothers: the birth mother who fundamentally misunderstands how to deal with her daughter's mental illness (probably because she herself should be in therapy), and the motherly artist who exploits and mines Madeline's past and ongoing trauma for professional gain.

    I can't remember ever seeing a movie where I related to a character this much. The…

  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    ★★★★

    Can someone rich just give Kelly Reichardt $40 million to do literally whatever she wants to? I don't even care if she uses it to make movies or not, she just deserves it.

    Now my second favorite of her films after Wendy and Lucy. A minimal, emotionally-resonant trio of short stories about three women each combating specific shades of loneliness with quiet ambition and tenacity.

    The story for Lily Gladstone's character was definitely my favorite of the three, and not just because there's a fucking stellar corgi in it that I can't stop thinking about.

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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    Simon is bad and so are his rich, selfish, attractive friends.

    Parts of it are pretty charming (the film has a better cast than it does a script), but the melodrama of the last half-hour or so is cringe-inducing. Homosexuality as a spectacle is apparently a joke if you like dancing to Whitney Houston, but it's sweet and acceptable if your entire high school class crowds around a ferris wheel waiting for a student to out himself in public—by the…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★

    What a disappointment.

    For a film I wasn't expecting much from, Sing Street begins with promise. The very first scene sets a great tone. Our White Teen Nerd Boy protagonist meekly plays the guitar in his room, mocking his parents to himself as their shouts fill the house. It's a mundane bummer that feels natural and relatable, and it's dryly funny. The lead, like many of the characters in the film, is clearly a genuine, awkward kid as opposed to…