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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Close-Up
  • Ikiru

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  • The Princess

  • Clara Sola

    ★★★★

  • A Perfect World

    ★★★★

  • Brian and Charles

    ★★★

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  • The Princess

    The Princess

    There’s something kind of remarkable about watching a 90-minute film that only has a single idea spread across its entire running time — “what if ‘The Raid,’ but about a fairy tale princess trying to fight her way down from the castle tower where she’s been imprisoned by an evil suitor?” — but my awe at what passes for a movie these days was no match for my disappointment in this one. Hulu’s dull and exasperatingly basic “The Princess” wastes…

  • Clara Sola

    Clara Sola

    ★★★★

    In some ways, Clara (Wendy Chinchilla Araya) is the most liberated woman in the verdant, remote, and deceptively matriarchal Costa Rican village where she works for God. A semi-feral 40-year-old who — legend has it — was once visited by the Virgin Mary, Clara has been molded into a faith healer by her ultra-religious mother (Flor María Vargas Chaves as Fresia), who’s successfully rebranded her daughter’s curved spine and childlike intellect as symptoms of divinity.

    Aside from miracles on demand,…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★

    Barbara Minerva: I used to be a nerd who nobody liked but now I am hot and bulletproof and can pull off Robert Smith-levels of eyeliner.

    Maxwell Lord: but don’t you want *more*?

    Barbara Minerva: i want… to be cat.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★

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

    Marvel is so good at getting people to do things for money in a way that reads like love.

    there's some very cutesy stuff here (most of it an ominous, logical continuation of the content snake eating its own tail), CGI New York City is a really a Character Unto Itself lolol, and Jon Watts is now unquestionably the worst director to ever make a Spider-Man movie.

    also, not a spoiler, lol at Pete and his friends for simply *assuming* they'd all get into MIT. a very cool premise for a $250 million movie.