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  • Greenberg

    Greenberg

    ★★½

    You like me so much more than you think you do.

    GREENBERG is a bittersweet mumblecore (or post-mumblecore dramedy; the subgenre distinctions here rather confuse me) romance between two lost souls and an excellent example of why I've struggled with fully embracing some of Baumbach's work. There's an almost unrealistic irritation to these two characters together that undermines the sympathy you develop for them when they're apart. The cast is excellent and the climactic party fight has real emotional impact,…

  • Chloe

    Chloe

    ★½

    None of the characters in this erotic thriller about a woman who hires an escort to test her husband's loyalty before they become obsessed with each other is anything more than a thinly sketched avatar of a vague, cliched idea of horniness. Julianne Moore's perfect red hair is gorgeous though and she's much better than she had to be amid all this silliness, so at least it has that going for it.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

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

    …..That’s it? After all that time and all that investment, this is what Star Wars wants to be? A universe that demands reduction to a condescending highlight reel of the same dozen moments of its past? Its unifying metaphysical energy a hollow burden of birthright? That’s supposed to be enough?

    For context, I think TLJ’s heights are among the franchise’s most memorable, but I recognize that it was an uneven film and flawed sequel. I had a lot of fun…

  • Cats

    Cats

    Me Before CATS: I agree with Pedro Almodovar, blockbuster movies are too sexless now. More horny blockbusters!

    Me After CATS, haunted: ....Not like this.....never like this......

    (Extra half star to encourage the studios to remain fearless in creating such unmitigated, hellscape disasters.)