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  • Mile 22

    Mile 22

    It’s like a ranting conspiracy theorist tried to make a Paul Greengrass movie. Utterly incomprehensible.

  • Desert Hearts

    Desert Hearts

    ★★★½

    When a straight man says to a lesbian 'how you get all that traffic with no equipment is beyond me', I wondered how they knew my life story before I was born.

    Seriously though, this is a movie that stands the test of time despite its very dated aesthetics and politics. Probably cause they made the couple two fully realized people.

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    3.5 is my standard rating for a movie that stays within genre parameters but does everything very well. That’s precisely what Crazy Rich Asians does, which means everyone should enjoy it and it will mean the world to its underrepresented community. Inclusive fairy tales are a powerful thing.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★

    Long stretches of Manchester are laudably sincere, exposing a man crushed by pain but still plodding along. This is a dead end narrative, though, and while the film never quite overcomes this, there's enough nerve-jangling scenes to make the experience satisfactory.

    Some people, myself included, will cringe through scenes where Lonergan tries to artificially heighten the drama with pushy music and quick cuts. These are few and far between, but they're enough to break the realism that Lonergan works so hard to build.

    Manchester is a film that doesn't work as a whole, its parts are just enough to save it.