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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - The most exciting thing about Widows is the intricately interconnected plot. The movie operates on several levels: as a political intrigue story, as a heist movie, as race, class, and gender commentary. Almost all of it is brilliantly executed.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - In addition to everything in the review, there is so much else I could have focused on:
    - The…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★½

    Why it got 3.5 stars:
    - The Favourite’s visual style, from costumes, to production design, to cinematography, is stunning. If it wasn’t clear before (it was), Lanthimos has set himself apart as a master filmmaker. The nihilistic elements of the story and plot, while wickedly funny, does become overbearing by the end, though.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - Critic Josh Larsen mentions in his review of the film that…

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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…