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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    Harley Quinn isn't my idea of a great character — I kept trying to suss out some kind of devious scheming behind her stochastic behavior, but I guess she's just an agent of chaos. That's fine (and it's fun to see how committed Margot Robbie is to the role), but it does mean her movie's going to have to work a little harder in order to get me invested in whatever random mischief she's going to commit to next.

    I…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★½

    Docked a notch for hagiography — is there really no video evidence of Taylor Swift ever being kind of dickish? — but still an excellent and morally useful portrait of a young soul in peril. The pop star America needs right now.

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  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    ★★★

    At 44, I sometimes feel like I've been growing up for decades while popular culture has been standing still. Radio stations I hear in grocery stores and coffee shops play the same songs that were popular when I was in high school. The comic books and fantasy novels that I read in the 1970s and 1980s (or their derivatives) have become the blockbuster TV and film franchises of the 2010s. Saturday Night Live has been on the air, in sickness…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★

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

    Soderbergh is as Soderbergh does, and his putative farewell performance at the helm of a studio feature film is the usual tasteful Soderbergh fare, finely directed, with a slightly jazzy achronology to it and its almost pastel color schemes smelling lightly of perfume. For all that, the Manhattan doctor-and-patient tale that unspools here feels overly familiar, but Side Effects makes a case for its existence early on by slyly painting itself as a satire on pharmacological culture. Emily (Rooney Mara),…