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  • Summer 1993

    Summer 1993



    A.V. Club review, in which I spare readers my horror at the realization that people who were small children in 1993 are now old enough to make movies reminiscing about it. I spent that summer working on an indie film myself, alongside friends who were all three years out of college. (It never got released.)

  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story

    Comrades: Almost a Love Story



    Second viewing, last seen 20 years ago. Didn't remember much about it and was surprised to find that it's a thoroughly mainstream romance, not an art film—more Love Actually than In the Mood for Love. Gets pretty damn hokey at times (even if you're unfamiliar with Teresa Teng), but that can be transporting; it'd take a stronger man than me to resist the moment when Cheung, watching through her windshield as the love of her life walks away, rests…

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  • Moonlight



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


    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm…

  • Sicario



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


    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…