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  • East Side, West Side

    East Side, West Side

    ★★

    I’m ride or die for Stanwyk, but this is a soapy snoooooooooze

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    'Fallout' is acknowledging its hero’s age, and something else that’s often eluded these movies: a sense of history. Sure, they’ll call back to the Langley heist (usually as a point of comparison to whatever difficult extraction they’re attempting next), but the new film is full of little shout-outs to the earlier pictures: a character linked to Vanessa Redgrave’s Max from the first film, an ingenious scene that recalls that picture’s cold open, a key moment in which Ethan must call…

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  • The Spy Who Dumped Me

    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    ★★★

    Just waiting for cable viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It's badly bloated and a fair number of jokes just sit there, but the action is strong (though, That Tweet, c'mon) and the stars put across the dynamics of the relationship convincingly. (Susanna Fogel is clearly good at this; see her previous pic, LIFE PARTNERS.) Kate McKinnon is funny doing literally anything - and I'm frankly worried about that. I could see her ending up in a lot of middling vehicles that lean too heavily on her ability to make any scene work. (As happened to Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, Melissa McCarthy, etc.)

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…