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  • Stillwater

    ★★★

  • Meet the Robinsons

    ★★★½

  • Working for Peanuts

    ★★★½

  • Smiling Friends

    ★★★½

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  • Stillwater

    Stillwater

    ★★★

    Equal parts a throwaway, and a slanderous National Enquirer parody. The parallels between this heavily charged fiction and the real story it’s evidently inspired by, leave one with a small spot of cringe. It’d have been less bearable if Damon’s natural charisma couldn’t cut through McCarthy’s skittish sense of tone. Ol’ Matt seamlessly embraces his middle-aged Americana dad evolution with a firm foot-on-ground demeanor, leaving the tense motives to sustain their impact. The concerns I felt weren’t being resolved right…

  • Meet the Robinsons

    Meet the Robinsons

    ★★★½

    Is it just me or has our perception of the future changed in 15 years? Considering the reputations of certain names, places and institutions have lost some of their optimism, some in the week before this particular rewatch, it’s likely cynicism has bogged down our minds, and clouded our judgment. It took a friend to plant the idea in my head, but I’m very grateful to have rolled with it. Five minutes alone with William Joyce’s abstract construct of the…

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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    "Luca never dares to go too deep underwater, too far, or too complex. Were it a different director or voice in the studio’s roster, only then would it be cause for concern. However, Enrico Casarosa is certainly a diamond in the rough, his unique storytelling angle leaving plenty room to splash down hard, move freely through its 95 minutes, and accomplish an ending most bittersweet, just like the end of summer itself. Hesitations aside, that finale, after what our accidental…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    What we have here is the lighter side of Quentin: not too dark, not overly violent, not one to rely so heavily on the motifs he has built over his previous films. It’s uncannily funny, nearly autobiographical, a poignant self-reflection of why film mattered back in the day. However, it’s a little easy to forget the whole Manson connection, and that’s fine. It’s nothing more than a mere footnote in a thick, hazy Los Angelenean backdrop. As such, Leo and…