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  • Beatriz at Dinner

    Beatriz at Dinner

    ★★½

    Eh. Warmed-over Enlightened (and I love Enlightened), which is reinforced by White and co. literally reusing that show's score. White's only real innovation for his immigrant meets Trump-esque tycoon scenario is to complicate it, so he molds Beatriz into another solipsistic justice warrior character, makes most of the other characters vapid but well-meaning. It's a good idea, but the film still never justifies its existence, and winds up flailing towards some half-hearted lyricism. Hoping Brad's Status proves the White brand can transfer to the big screen, but even Enlightened had to grow into itself.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Oh, but everyone has two questions about mother!

    1. What's your take?
    Before one talks about mother!, one has to take about mother! I'm leaning towards the interpretation I think is most interesting and apparent: artist as emotional succubus, strip-mining his personal life for the sake of an audience's projected, illegitimate connection. This idea terrifies me. I'm a 17 year-old prospective writer.
    Thing is, everyone else is equally sure of their reads. Mike D'Angelo Twitter-analyzed the film as about the…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

    49/100 (C+)
    Intones in Batman growl: "The film we NEED, but not the film we DESERVE." Not really bad, or overtly despicable, but a quiet story relayed with too much timidity. Characters never betray initial impressions- Chiron is one-note repressed (to the point of autism spectrum), and he's surrounded by such types as The Drug Dealer with a Heart of Gold, the Pained Junkie Mother, and the Experienced Lover. Jenkins usually directs in long takes, occasionally throwing in some misguided…

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★½

    90/100 (Third watch, was 94)
    Jaws belongs to alcohol as much as it belongs to Bruce the Shark. Alcohol appears in about half the scenes, and the central trio, Brody, Hooper, and Quint, can be aptly characterized by how they handle alcohol. Brody, the hydrophobic Everyman, pours wine into beer mugs but can't tolerate Quint's homemade shots. Hooper, the wealthy but surprisingly badass oceanographer, knows to air his wine but can still drink a shot. And Quint, the hardened shark-hunter,…