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  • John Mulaney: New in Town

    John Mulaney: New in Town

    ★★★½

    I've been watching different stand-up comics lately. I wonder how much consideration each puts into his or her performance? Like, did John try out different talking speeds and select a fast one with little time in between each joke? Or was he just nervous? Or was that just how he talked generally?

    It seems unbelievable to me that the exact same joke could be funny when told one way and drab when told another way, yet I know that's true.…

  • Get Him to the Greek

    Get Him to the Greek

    ★★★★

    This is like the Quaaludes scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street" - the difference is that half this movie is like that scene. Puff Daddy is like Tom Cruise from "Tropic Thunder," only in three times as many scenes. This is hilarious even in its second go-around, and also genuine in the proper proportion.

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  • Hostiles

    Hostiles

    ★★★★★

    For the fourth time in even fewer years, a Western is my favorite or second-favorite movie of the year. Not even five minutes into this, I audibly gasped. I was by myself in my apartment, and even if I wanted to stifle the sound, I'm not sure I could have. Every scene with Rosamund Pike made my heart beat faster, and every time Christian Bale reached for his gun I probably held my breath. This is about two-and-a-quarter hours long,…

  • Tootsie

    Tootsie

    ★★★★

    This is a great comedy in which the hero will truly do anything to win despite all the odds. This is over 35 years old, yet it's relevant to today's discussion of sex and gender.