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  • The Disappearance of My Mother

    The Disappearance of My Mother

    ★★★★½

    A confrontation with mortality handled with fierce charm by an incredible, fiery woman and the son who loves her soooo much.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★

    Director Robert Eggers has steeped the followup to his 2015 feature debut The VVitch with so much atmosphere and ambiance, it’s hard to care about the characters trapped in the inky, 4:3 framed black and white nightmare that is The Lighthouse. And sure “nightmare” may be the point, but beyond style (like using language inspired by reading Herman Melville) it only becomes an exercise in atmospherics, especially if you can only understand one of the characters 60 percent of the time (a fellow critic unscientifically came up with this number while defending the film, har-har)...

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    It took Ron Howard to direct the Star Wars movie I had hoped Rian Johnson would have delivered after Looper (Film Review: Looper smartens up sci-fi tropes to riveting effect). So far, as someone partial to science-fiction movies and the Star Wars saga, this writer has been able to chronicle an opinion on all of the movies since George Lucas signed over the franchise to producers at Disney. Oftentimes, these reviews have noted disappointments that have overshadowed hopeful expectations. Now, here…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    Though it's the best DC film I've seen since Nolan's Batman movies (and I haven't seen many), there is something cringingly disturbing about Joker. There are more than one prettily framed scenes of the aftermath of violence and a sort of satisfaction that invites the audience in reveling in. Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips said, "To me, I thought, isn’t it a good thing to put real-world implications on violence? Isn’t it a good thing to take away the…