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  • Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    Dragon Ball Super: Broly

    ★★★★

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

    While Broly’s rebooted character is much more human, I wanted a better narrative arc concerning his relationship with his father. Paragus trains him with a shock collar and forces him to fight against his will. Paragus cuts off the ear of his first and only friend. So I think it would’ve been a better payoff if, freed from the shock collar after Cheelai destroys it, *Broly* is the one to kill his father, not Freeza, as it was in the…

  • 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.

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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,…