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

    ★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Men

    ★★★½

  • The Takedown

    ★★½

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  • Operation Mincemeat

    Operation Mincemeat

    ★★½

    Around halfway through “Operation Mincemeat” — a busy yet somewhat rousing WWII spy thriller based on the English military scheme of the same name — I began to appreciate why this might be John Madden’s best movie since “Shakespeare in Love”: It’s a story about a bunch of British men (and a smattering of British women) who are trying to stage an elaborate show in the face of escalating crises. Except this time, their audience isn’t the Queen of England,…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    In December 2020, a leaked audio snippet from the set of the next “Mission: Impossible” movie revealed star/producer/most intense man alive Tom Cruise absolutely losing his mind at some unnamed crew members who had, he felt, violated the COVID protocols that were allowing the massive studio production to roll cameras during the height of the pandemic. “We are the gold standard,” you might remember him shouting. “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us… We are…

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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.