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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    Saw this in Mexico for my birthday as part of a double feature with “Venom”, subtitled in Spanish. Perfect on every level. Romantic and sad is all I want out of most films and this delivers both in spades. Easily Cooper’s best acting—as well as his sexiest—and the fact that he also directed is mind-blowing. Gaga somehow disappears in a role that heavily references her.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★★

    Saw this in Mexico for my birthday as part of a double feature with “A Star is Born”, subtitled in Spanish. Venom is probably my favorite antihero, so I absolutely enjoyed it on a fanboy level. On a cinematic level, it leaves much to be desired: the plot is formulaic for the genre; the antagonist bland, his motivations confusing. But Hardy nails Eddie Brock and a Long Island accent. Wish Jenny Slate had had a bigger role though.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Soo glad I caught the preview screening at the Somerville Theatre! A very timely film for me, in many ways… It made me howl with laughter and reduced me to a blubbering mess*. “Blade Runner” if it were a romance. Spike Jonze is a visionary; Joaquin Phoenix is everything I want to be as an actor; I maybe want to date him too? Wide release on January 10th.

    * Would have been a more enjoyable cry, though, had I not…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    How you execute a feature film this well on the first try eludes me, but that’s why Sofia Coppola rules. They say to avoid voiceover in Screenwriting 101, but here it’s effective, weaving together a narrative from disparate perspectives and times. It’d be silly not to, too, as Eugenides’ writing (as adapted by Coppola), is razor-sharp; at once amusing and macabre. Watching this made me want to read the book, and that’s rare of most adaptations. (Though, listening to it,…