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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★★

    Literally everything in this movie worked for me.

    Every line, every performance, every pan and cut and hold and flicker of the eye.

    A somber anti-capitalist meditation on the beliefs, things, and people we leave behind to protect ourselves that doubles as a fantastic fucking heist movie, I was locked in to Widows from its first cut, and it didn’t let me go until the credits.

    This is an absurdly ambitious movie. I was worried that Steve McQueen put too…

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    There are great comedies that aren’t half as funny as the way that John Malovich says “memoir” in BURN AFTER READING.

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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    I...uh....I 
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    Ugh


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    To elaborate, I made it through a half hour of The Greatest Showman. I admire the confidence of the camera and the performances. This *feels* like a great musical, from its opening shot.

    But...

    This film celebrates something truly ugly, and it celebrates it in every moment, in every frame, and every line of dialogue. No amount of Hugh Jackman's charming smiles can mask the core stink of exploitation, exoticism, and some of the most nakedly ugly white savior-ism I've ever seen.

    Ugh.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    Black Panther is a superhero movie, an afrofuturist paradise, a celebration of black excellence, a celebration of black womanhood, a condemnation of colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, an addition to the very small collection of Marvel films with compelling villains, one of the few superhero movies that can make the claim that "the hero and villain aren't so different" and have the receipts to back it up, a legitimate clash in philosophy about how to combat imperialism, and a damn fine blockbuster.


    Any questions?