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  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★½

    Morvern Callar has one of the most bleakest cold opens of any film. We see the titular woman (played by Samantha Morton), as she wakes up with her boyfriend dead from suicide on the floor and a computer screen that says "READ ME." The note instructs her to "be brave" and to send his novel to various publishers he's listed. That's the plot portion of the opening, before we even get there we lay with Morvern on the floor, her…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    A lot has changed in the world since 2015 but Carol still remains the best American movie of this century. Flung from space and into rarified air.

    In a 1950s department store, Therese (Rooney Mara) is stuck working behind the doll counter. Though it’s not in her section, she daily sets up the Christmas train set in a different area of the store before it opens, and then resigns herself to her post. In a sea of housewives frantically shopping…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    Solo is $200 million dollar dad joke. But sometimes I like dad jokes. Even when they meander and have five more additional endings than they should. Sometimes. Particularly when it’s shot this pretty and flows differently than the other dad entries of this saga.

    Each callback to the original trilogy (and prequels) is forced and reveals how little bravery the new saga-makers have in exploring their own universe. It kinda reveals worldbuilding to be a sham when you have lines…

  • The Brady Bunch Movie

    The Brady Bunch Movie

    ★★★

    The 50's-styled earnest wholesomeness, that was a fish out of water in the 70's era of disillusionment, gets transplanted to the cynical 90's and it pretty much works. What I liked about this was how forward-thinking it was without broadcasting it loudly, which is very 90s; for instance RuPaul as the guidance counselor, the gay neighbors who don't get a line of dialogue but they do get a kiss, etc. For a show that was about the necessity of old…

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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★

    I'm from the future. And these Deadpool movies will eventually be looked at as footnotes to the superhero megaphase as an odd curiosity sideshow that commented on the swirling popularity but didn't have any actual substance other than comments about how lazy its own script was. It's the type of movie that strings along reference after reference like a trail of cereal marshmallows and cereal toys and if you don't get the reference from the visual, it will tell you…

  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★★

    A few personal things: In college, I overdosed on some drugs and while I was in the post charcoal haze, I was questioned about my emotional well-being and I remember drifting in and out of consciousness, answering the "do you have suicidal thoughts" question with an affirmative because, if we're all being honest, we all have. I had to sign some paperwork and by the time I fully came out of my adolescent post-drug near coma I asked when I…