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  • The Kindergarten Teacher

    The Kindergarten Teacher

    ★★★★½

    a lot has already been said about how incredible maggie gyllenhaal is here, and it's true, but i see very few people mention my personal favourite moment of her entire performance. it's not the delivery of a line, or some grand exhibition of intense physicality; rather, it's a showcase for how she is a master of subtlety. just under halfway through the film, as lisa sits on the steps outside her house smoking a cigarette following an argument with one…

  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★★½

    a lot of In the Cut just really works for me, from the camp of meg ryan's nicole kidman cosplay, to the way jane campion removes the exaggerated glamour expected of an erotic thriller and replaces it with grimy new york cityscapes and filthy, shadowy interiors, to (naked!) mark ruffalo's good-cop-bad-cop act, to the beautiful score and the great soundtrack (macy gray? hello?!), to the uncomfortable and disorienting extreme close-ups and the dizzying shifts in focus, to the mere presence…

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  • Miss Congeniality

    Miss Congeniality

    ★★★

    i can't believe it was The Blind Side that won sandra her oscar and not this trailblazing feminist masterpiece

  • Burlesque

    Burlesque

    ★★★

    i'm not even ashamed my gay ass loves this