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  • Half Nelson

    ★★★★

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★

  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

    ★★★

  • Vincent & Theo

    ★★★

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  • Mother Knows Best

    Mother Knows Best

    ★★

    Remember Joanna Kerns? The mother from Growing Pains? She was perhaps the most nondescript of all 1980s sitcom moms. In fact, it's difficult to come up with non-appearance-related adjectives to describe her character other than... generally momlike?

    Having long been malnourished from so little meat on her acting bone, Kerns zeroes in on a single character trait in Mother Knows Best and goes to town with it.

    And that trait, gentle readers, is pure, undiluted, organic-certified eeeeevil.

    Look at her…

  • Dead Man's Curve

    Dead Man's Curve

    ★★

    The premise of this movie galls me. (Galls, I say.) Apparently there is some sort of "urban legend" that if you're in college and your roommate kills himself, you get an automatic 4.0 for that semester.

    Why would that be? How does the death of a friend, acquaintance, or (in the case of my freshman roommate) a pile of steaming excrement somehow do away with the standards of achievement and competency at an institution of higher learning? At best, I…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★

    For as long as I'll live, I'll always remember Little Women as the movie my father and I watched on our first Christmas without my mother. He and I had never been particularly close. We argued a lot, sometime viciously—and now we were left alone without our mediator. My mother didn't care much about politics or her husband's authoritarian tendencies. She just wanted peace... a nice dinner... some quiet conversation. I don't think she ever really understood why my father…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.

    Let me get something straight here... This is how they chose to drop this (lazy) bombshell? In the opening crawl? I suppose it obviates the need to explain how Palpatine's Lazarus act is even possible or to address the myriad questions it elicits, but certainly even a complete dodo head should understand that this reveal isn't inherently…