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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Hurt people hurt people: the movie. 

    A brilliant look at how we traumatize one another because of our traumas, and how brave you must be to break the chain... and how hard it is.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

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

    I know my mother loved me. I know it on an intellectual level, anyway. After all, she worked two jobs to support me and my brother, and she insisted that I go to a Catholic high school for my safety and to improve my future prospects. She put in a lot of work, sacrificed a lot, to get me through childhood.

    But I don’t know, on an emotional level, that my mother loved me. She never showed me love, and…

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    Movies are alchemy. I’ve said this before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times before I’m gone, but it’s the truth of the cinema: a magical, hard to harness process can turn a strip of film into something far more precious and meaningful.

    Watch WONDER WOMAN with distant, unengaged eyes and you might see the seams, the places where reshoots came in or where the story is papered over in order to keep moving along to the next…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★

    The original ALIEN, almost 40 years old now, was revolutionary for its blue collar aesthetic. It was the story of space truckers, working men and women, and it was in a genre that until then had only envisioned space as a place for the military and scientists. In ALIEN the future had jobs for real working people… who would be killed off one by one in proto-slasher style.

    In the original ALIEN the real bad guy was the company, sending…