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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Packing Matters

    I have a friend from high school whom I suspect of being a paid travel blogger. It sure would explain a lot of the casual references to things like American Express in his Facebook posts. (He's definitely a flight attendant for Delta, but I doubt they pay well enough for a lot of the travel he does.) And he's constantly saying things like, "Oh, renting this villa in Malta was surprisingly affordable" and, "I just asked the first…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    ★★★★

    Don't You Get Me Wrong

    Ted Neeley is still singing Jesus. Presumably the only thing stopping Carl Anderson from singing Judas is dying of leukemia. For a while, he was trying to distance himself from it, but he eventually acknowledged that, no, it really was a masterpiece. Certainly if you're only going to pick one Jesus musical, it's the one I'd go for. Likewise filmed Passion, really, though I'll confess I've not yet seen The Gospel According to Matthew.

    This…

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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Another Lost Father Figure

    Dear Roger,

    It's not like you'd be surprised it wasn't nominated. I think we could have shared a grim smile, if you'd still been able to smile. No, of course Steve James wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Feature for this, even though it's better than Finding Vivian Maier. Leaving aside that there seems to always be one mediocre film nominated in the category, every year, we could share a grumble about Hoop Dreams. If you'd still…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

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

    The Promised Feminist Non-Click-Bait Perspective

    I don't normally do spoilers, as my regular readers know, but I really felt I had to this time. This is going to involve a heavy-duty discussion of the ending, because I promised a friend online that I'd talk about it from a feminist perspective, and I'm pretty sure, having watched it, that what he wanted to talk about was the ending. Or anyway about the last twenty minutes to half hour, which is about…