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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ, the exhale I did at the end of this film. Adam Sandler does a predictably incredible job, but honestly every performance in this movie is terrific. Stunning, tense, and surprisingly funny in a very dark way. Nobody builds tension out of overlapping dialogue like the Safdies. And that SCORE! Oh– if the Academy fucking ignores this one like they did Good Time, they're only gonna be embarrassing themselves.

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★★

    I have mixed feelings on how this film handles the "it's Fox News" of it all, but Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron are doing absolutely stunning work here and the final resolution of the film is perfectly sobering and honest in a way that I didn't expect it to be. Also, every (white) actor in Hollywood is in this film! Good on them.

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    I love Alan Alda so much.

    Very hard to watch this movie without immediately recognizing it as Noah Baumbach’s attempt to reconcile his own divorce in the most self-aggrandizing way, but I will forgive it on the sole condition that Laura Dern either runs me over with her car or allows me to treat her to a lovely expensive dinner and then never calls me again. Your choice, Laura!

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★★

    Easily the silliest movie that has almost brought me to tears. A fun, easygoing movie about what even the most ridiculous films can mean to people. The Disaster Artist found dead in a ditch.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    One detail I noticed this time around is that Min and Mr. Park both react the same way to being asked if they like or love the people that they're romantically involved with– by laughing. And in Mr. Park's case, giving a sarcastic answer that undercuts his saying 'yes'. Min and Mr. Park are both seen as powerful figures deserving of respect, and the way they dismissively respond to an earnest question about whether they truly care for the people…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★

    it is insane how relentlessly horny movies were right before 9/11. my man baz directed this thing like the tasmanian devil on cialis

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    (no real spoilers per se, but i'm talkin about the tone of the film so if you wanna go in completely blind on what to expect, go away!!! but also, the movie is 3.5 hours, there is a strong chance you will have forgotten all of this by the time the ending comes)

    About an hour into the film, the format starts to unravel in a way that makes you think "ah, this just might be another 'portrait of a…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★½

    Scarlett Johansson absolutely nails the role of a German woman who is actually from both Long Island & Nigeria. Nick Frost and the Benjamin Button VFX team absolutely nail the role of Jojo’s best friend Yorki. Sam Rockwell, for the umpteenth time, absolutely nails the role of “virulent racist who is actually good.” Taika Waititi absolutely nails the role of guy who reminds you how much you like Life is Beautiful and Wes Anderson.

  • The Craft

    The Craft

    ★★★

    God, the final act of this movie is truly so bad. But I still want to restate my desire to see an artsy remake a la Suspiria. Thank you.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Good news for everyone who hates this film: this is the first time I've watched it that made me go "hmmm okay parts of this movie are very very corny." Bad news for those same people: I still think the opening is so beautiful and celebratory and exuberant in a way I want more movies to be, I still think Emma Stone is so fucking fantastic and deserved the Best Actress Oscar, and Damien Chazelle deserved his Best Director Oscar! This movie rules!!!!!!!!

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    Cute and endearing, but I think the parts that are obviously over-dramatized really didn’t work for me. And once you get the crux of what this tour is going to be, it feels like you’re fighting against the urge to find it a liiiiiiiil tedious. But remember, I also called it cute and endearing!

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    nothin better than gettin high and smiling at cats :)