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  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★½

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

    One of those rare instances where the protagonist should probably be *less* sympathetic than they are. Falls into a similar trap as PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN in its final moments, doing the grim satire thing but also giving bad people comeuppance, thus not really achieving either goal. And dips a little too far into crime-comedy cliche in its back half, basically forgetting about the central premise, which could've made for better drama. Moves along at a clip though, with some really fun performances - in the moment, it's a great time.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★½

    Attempting to be spoiler free:

    - Effectively interrogates audience complicity in various actions, and deliberately leaves the audience unsatisfied in several ways (which I'm not sure have come back around again to satisfying me, but I'll definitely think on it)
    - Magnificent casting, especially of the male characters and especially especially of the hyperlikeable Bo Burnham
    - Sharp dialogue well delivered all around
    - Several scenes and characters seem to be setting up something more interesting and nuanced than the…

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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.

    "That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

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

    The good:
    - C-3PO
    - Hyperspace skimming
    - Babu Frik
    - the bits where Adam Driver gets to act
    - the first line of the opening crawl
    - some quite nice shots and production design
    - Force Skype 2.0
    - "DEW IT"

    The bad:
    - just about everything else, from a deep foundational level on up, for a huge variety of reasons