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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    If McDonagh wanted to say something incisive about race or police brutality here, he failed miserably. But both are so awkwardly peripheral to this story that I have to imagine that wasn't his intent. What this actually feels like is a film about grief and justice and how much we need of either to feel satisfied.

    It's pitch-black and propulsive, and lands with pleasing ambiguity. Frances McDormand is Frances McDormand, which is more than any of us deserve. But there's…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★

    “You’re at the movies too, huh? Whatcha eating?”

    A 24-course meal of vignettes about what we do to food and what food does to us. Playful, sensual, and like nothing I've seen before. There's probably countless references to Westerns that I'd appreciate if I knew them, but cowboys don't do it for me.

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  • The Descendants

    The Descendants

    ★★★★½

    Me, for the first 5-10 minutes: This is sort of familiar and lightweight.
    Me, for the rest of the movie: This is wonderful, and shut up there's just something in my eye. In both of my eyes.

  • Shut Up and Play the Hits

    Shut Up and Play the Hits

    ★★★★

    I knew I was disappointed that I would never see LCD Soundsystem live, but now I'm fucking devastated.