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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    One of the best 2010s American films. It's not a pastiche of Agatha Christie any more than, say, BEND OF THE RIVER is a pastiche of WESTERN UNION. It does, however, rejuvenate the whodunnit in a manner akin to STAGECOACH's modernization and modulation on the western. A cross-class group portrait, a social allegory of American heritage (both in the sense of "inheritance" and "the ancestral"), which brings to mind the families Trump, Murdoch, etc...

    Rian Johnson wanders the house, or…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★

    A Netflix movie more or less, or Sundance Screenwriting Lab mess. Cynical, patronizing, and neolib. Not funny. A starry-eyed aspirational target made for smart’ish 14 year olds and stunted adults.