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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    If history gives you a Salieri, you may as well make an AMADEUS. When life gives you lemons…

    In all seriousness, though, the choice to view Hampton through O’Neal is what makes JUDAS so compelling and perceptive; framing the subject through a foil creates a contrast that immediately provides depth and dimension. It would have been enough if this film merely refuted our public school textbooks, which caricatured the Panthers as militant, anti-white extremists above all else. What makes JUDAS…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    If they have to promise that there won’t be drama, there will almost certainly be drama. This is a fact of life, folks.

    Maybe this says more about me than either filmmaker, but sometimes I think Sean Baker is what a less self-involved Harmony Korine would be like. They share a focus on seedy, underprivileged underbellies, and a taste for abrasion in both characters and presentation, but unlike Korine, I never get the sense that Baker looks down on anyone…

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  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    ★★★★

    When he learned that audiences had made a sport out of catching his cameos, Hitchcock started doing them earlier and earlier, so that the search wouldn’t distract viewers from the plot.

    I thought about that after Eric Andre got naked only two and a half minutes in.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★½

    Braved all four hours in a single sitting, because I have no instinct for self-preservation.

    For the record, it truly is better than the theatrical cut, if only because it's no longer at war with itself on a scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot basis. However, a lost masterpiece this isn't, and absolutely no one will walk away with their minds changed about Zack Snyder.

    The man has undeniable strength as a visual stylist, an underappreciated knack for casting, and a crippling inability to…

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★½

    Anything you can do Marge can do pregnant.

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★

    A movie that wants to tell you about empathy, privilege, political correctness, the social contract and the digital age, and all I want is an explanation for how Elisabeth Moss has a pet chimpanzee. It’s incredibly funny and breathlessly audacious but too baggy and muddled to really satisfy. Terry Notary’s ape-man act is a showstopper, but it arguably shoots the film in the foot; it has to go through an entire third act after already peaking.