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  • Time to Die

  • Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Standup

  • Malignant

  • China Lake

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    People need people.

    This movie is the closest I’ve ever come to religion. Mercy is a beautiful thing.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    You know what the most Sacramento thing about Lady Bird is? The thrift store, Thrift Town, where they shop for a prom dress—well, two of the chain’s three locations closed less than two years after the movie was released.


    UPDATE 06/20: All Sacramento Thrift Towns are now closed.

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  • Time to Die

    Time to Die

    A man is killed. His killer and the man’s two sons meet 18 years later in a small town. From such a simple setup comes a wise story about pride, time, and justice. Beautiful handheld black and white cinematography and a knowing performance from Jorge Martinez de Hoyos further the movie’s cause.

  • Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Standup

    Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Standup

    “I come from a long line of death.”

    When Norm talks about his dad passing or his uncle’s cancer, you can see him momentarily drift elsewhere. There’s a little bit less of the stand-up facade in those moments and more of just a guy grappling with his own emotions.

    RIP to a uniquely funny man, a legend.

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  • Black Is King

    Black Is King

    There was a poetic rawness that Beyoncé captured with Lemonade. That album—both in sights and sounds—was one of the great pop culture accomplishments of the last decade. Black Is King is a tie-in to the forgettable live-action Lion King remake, so, as one might expect, that rawness is gone. Now, run-of-the-mill screensaver-type images sneak their way in, and the story similarly feels more generic. While there remain flourishes of visual sumptuousness that yearn to stretch beyond the confines of the…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    Fly free, James Wan, fly free.

    The director’s playful camera work and commitment to the bit, especially in the film’s wild climax, make for a cheeky slice of body horror. While the script isn’t the smartest, Wan manages to grab hold of the absurdity in the story and produce something that’s creepy, campy, and altogether fun.