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  • Cruella

    Cruella

    If even one gay man in Cruella's intended audience gets really into The Stooges, this whole thing might have been worth it.

  • Baby Boy

    Baby Boy

    ★★★

    (Second viewing, half-star drop in rating.)

    It's fascinating seeing Singleton pick up with South Central ten years later. At first, the setting feels warmer and less violent than it did in Singleton's debut, but that hunch proves incorrect. In other ways, such as the deft juggling of comedy and tragedy sometimes within the same scene, Singleton surprises. (What a pity that this is the last film he would ever write.) The Jody character, stubborn but not un-reflective, is a tricky…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    In a particularly tense scene of Gone Girl, Affleck's character is sipping on Singani 63, a Bolivian brandy obscure enough that I can't get it from the Dorignac's liquor aisles. The character owns a bar--so I guess he's up on his clear brandy made with specific grapes from the mountains of South America--but he's probably drinking it because Singani 63 is Steven Soderbergh's side hustle. And Gone Girl, in its obsession with process, its narrative left-turns, its respect/contempt for the…

  • Public Speaking

    Public Speaking

    "Isn't this person hilarious and interesting?"

    "I don't know, Mr. Scorsese. She's okay, I guess. Are you saying that she's the last of a dying breed of something I'm glad is dying?"

    "I'm saying she's hilarious and interesting."

    "Did you ever ask her why she dresses so weird?"