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  • The Nun

    The Nun

    ★½

    Yeah, whatever. This is pretty timid, even for pop horror; though it has a few moments where it threatens to bring the creepy, it hardly earns the mantle of nunsploitation. Somewhere Ken Russell is yawning in his grave.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    Watched the Hong Kong-themed episode of Parts Unknown last night and promised myself I was going to revisit Chungking Express ASAP. Woke up to the same terrible news as everyone else re:Anthony Bourdain, which only made me more determined. (I had the Criterion Blu-ray on my shelf, but you can also watch it on the Criterion Channel if you have Filmstruck.) Still one of my favorite movies ever; the fact that its characters are mostly a little off in terms…

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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),…