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  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    ★★★★★

    Marie Antoinette is all style. And I don’t mean that as a negative— au contraire, mon ami—the style gives it substantial substance. Sofia Coppola’s rudely dismissed biopic treats the young queen (Kirsten Dunst) as a pop star, because well, history has turned her into a pop star. Her unattributed quip “let them eat cake” was a way to dismiss the French peasants during a national bread shortage has survived as a t-shirt. Queen gave her a song (“Killer Queen”) and…

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    ★★★★½

    How often have you encountered a man of mass like Arnold Schwarzenegger? Probably incredibly infrequent. Yet for nearly two decades he was the prototype of a male action star. Schwarzenegger ushered in a new era of thespian: a hulk of a human who could also use wit economically; his performance was akin to flexing, turning to a mirror and winking.

    Revisionist history, however, will show that this prototype actually came years before. And it wasn’t a man, it was a…

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  • I'm Not There.

    I'm Not There.

    ★★★★

    I'm Not There. is perhaps the most ambitious film of this century, attempting to undo one of Hollywood's oldest templates, the biopic by using personas and multiple performers, genders, and ethnicities, to create a pastiche of a mystic troubadour without ever saying the name "Bob Dylan" aloud. Todd Haynes' film is frequently maddening but more often it's transfixing and beguiling, weaving through a public life and all the contradictions that come from the label of "a voice of a generation,"…

  • Vigilante

    Vigilante

    ★★★

    Vigilante is Death Wish crossbred with The Warriors and I have no idea why the title isn't plural. The film opens with a gang of vigilantes doing target practice and after we see a man sexually assault a woman on a rooftop the pack of vigilantes descend upon him, breaking every bone in his body (off screen). Afterward the vigilantes get a talkin' to by the local police asking them to cut it out and the vigilantes say they do…

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  • 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…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    Goodness gracious, the first act of this movie is pure movie magic. From backstage at the drag show, to the supermarket parking lot, to when Bradley Cooper pulls Lady Gaga on stage for her to perform, and then she freshens up at his hotel room, my cynical heart to crowd-pleasing movies was melted down to a puddle. It's a fairytale beginning and the fairytale ends in that hotel and a real relationship begins, with past demons, current jealousy, all of…