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  • The Incredible Shrinking Woman

    The Incredible Shrinking Woman

    ★★★½

    It collapses in the third act where clearly the preproduction budget slashing necessitated some ill-advised rewrites, but I cannot help but have a soft spot for this curio from my childhood. This is one of the first films that conveyed concepts of feminism and (critique of) consumerism to my 9 year old brain and for that I’m grateful. It’s silly, deeply flawed (the Concepcion character is cringe-inducing), but it deserves more of a reputation than it has.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    A fascinating and timely work of the kind we’ve come to expect from Mr. Lee. It’s not as good as Black Klansman and it features all of Lee’s vices as well as his virtues. But the virtues far outshine the negatives. Even though this is a film about men, Lee resists his worst tendencies where female characters are concerned (he deserves a lot of credit for absorbing criticism and learning from it even though there’s still room for growth). And…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    If Clint hadn’t started talking to chairs he might have made this movie. This movie is sure to disappoint and frustrate Scorsese’s douchebag fans and I absolutely love that this movie comes on the heels of both Hustlers and Joker which have used Scorsese as a playbook for box office success. The maestro has moved on. This is autumnal Scorsese, Ozu Scorsese. Quiet Scorsese. If you loved Silence then you’ll love this and if you didn’t, well you might want…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★

    Beasts of the Northern Wild. Aims to be an elegy for San Francisco but felt to me like a hairshirt for guilty gentrifiers. It almost came off as apologia for gentrification since the main characters Quixotic quest is so absurd the gentrifiers seem sober and sensible by comparison. The main character’s backstory, a compendium of Black dysfunction and downward mobility may be based in truth but it felt like misery porn. His suffering makes him “authentic” and “real” but when…