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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - In lesser hands, this latest version of A Star is Born could have been standard boilerplate melodrama. Cooper and Gaga elevate it to a moving story with a fantastic soundtrack.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - I can’t overemphasize Bradley Cooper’s dedication to his part. From the very first frame, I totally believed him as a musician. He spent almost a year training his…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    I’m blaming screenwriter David Kajganich for Suspiria’s biggest failures as a remake of a cult classic. I caught up with the original – Dario Argento’s bonkers Italian giallo horror film from 1977 – almost a year ago. That film overwhelmed my senses in the best possible way. The hallucinatory color palette, grand guignol-style gore, and seminal score from prog-rock band Goblin collaborated to give me an unforgettable experience.

    The ’77 version is also relatively light on plot. All you really…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Why it got 4.5 stars:
    - This is one of those movie-going experiences where I left feeling very different than when I arrived. American Honey is a sprawling, messy ride; one I was delighted to take.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - One subject I didn't tackle in my review is cultural appropriation. As a white guy, I don't feel qualified to speak for people of color about how white…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    Legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks’ definition of what makes a “good movie” was pretty simple: “Three great scenes, no bad ones.” By that definition, director Richard Linklater’s new movie, Everybody Wants Some, comes close. There are no bad scenes, but by my count there are only two great ones. Linklater himself has been quoted as saying the movie is a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 near-classic* film Dazed and Confused, so it’s instructive to compare the two.

    Everybody Wants Some doesn’t…