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  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★½

    I don't know if it's just me, but I think that Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in a way that makes him look weirdly shady sometimes (as though he is hiding something), while this feels less like a film and more like a hagiographic self-help book on "how to face your fears and overcome your anger."

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  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★★

    This feels pretty much like what it is: an important story about women standing up against systemic patriarchal domination but told by men — which, in this case, means something oversimplified (not just the story but also the debate) and only on the nose when it shouldn't really be.

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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Park Chan-Wook explores the power of narrative (the way you tell a story and its ramifications), creating another astounding visual spectacle full of dark humor, sexual desire, betrayal and revenge, with intense performances and a wonderful production design, editing and score.

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    If there is something more terrifying than alien body snatchers, it is our own dark sides crawling out of our depths to take our places in society, and Peele creates an intelligent allegory replete with symbolism of how today's 'US' is making this red chain of madness all the more possible.

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