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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    If this were an episode in a Star Wars TV series, I'd like it. The train robbery is exciting, Lando is charismatic, L3 is amusing,

    But this is supposed to be a Star Wars movie.

    Chewbacca seems to be the only one here who stepped out of the actual Star Wars cosmos into this Firefly-flavored cosplay.

    In fact, now that I think about it in those terms, this movie just makes me nostalgic for Firefly.

    Anyway, Anne hadn't seen it, so we watched it. "The geek in me really likes it," she says. But she also called pretty much every surprise and double-cross.

  • King Lear

    King Lear

    ★★★★½

    As abridged as Pasternak's adaptation is, this is as beautifully and powerfully cinematic as any Shakespeare I've seen onscreen.

    And I couldn't stop thinking about The Favourite as I watched, for how Lanthimos and his writers have dramatized some of the same truth so powerfully incarnate in these lines and images — the truth of how a lust for power brings ruin to everything, ruining the power-mad sinner's heart most of all. The Death of Stalin, too, was on my…

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    b) about women, and
    c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Wow. I am not exaggerating. That was one of the most exhilarating moviegoing experiences of my lifetime. 

    CAUTION: Read as little as possible about the specifics of this film. In particular — if you want one of the year's best surprises — avoid any list of voice actors for this film. There's a voice that shows up just over halfway through that made me laugh out loud for joy and the sheer audacity of the decision. Save as many big…