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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★½

    Why it got 3.5 stars:
    - The Nightingale is an extremely tough sit. While I’m not wholly convinced that some of the brutality of it isn’t in service of making a good revenge yarn, it does make its audience confront issues of racism, misogyny, and violence in our society.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - To express just how graphic this film is, if you’ve seen The Revenant, you will…

  • Mike Wallace Is Here

    Mike Wallace Is Here

    ★★★★

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - Avi Belkin uses the life of Mike Wallace as a platform to ask some bigger questions about journalism. Both the form and content of his documentary add up to greater than the sum of their parts.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - I came away with a real respect for the way Wallace achieved his career goals through sheer force of will. He is…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Why it got 4.5 stars:
    - This is one of those movie-going experiences where I left feeling very different than when I arrived. American Honey is a sprawling, messy ride; one I was delighted to take.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - One subject I didn't tackle in my review is cultural appropriation. As a white guy, I don't feel qualified to speak for people of color about how white…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    Legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks’ definition of what makes a “good movie” was pretty simple: “Three great scenes, no bad ones.” By that definition, director Richard Linklater’s new movie, Everybody Wants Some, comes close. There are no bad scenes, but by my count there are only two great ones. Linklater himself has been quoted as saying the movie is a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 near-classic* film Dazed and Confused, so it’s instructive to compare the two.

    Everybody Wants Some doesn’t…