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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★

    The rom-com isn’t dead after all. Super fun, uses the “meet the parents” formula well, and imbues it with new relevance for today’s more diverse viewing audience. 

    Stereotypes still abound though, in more ways than one. I’m curious to see how we will speak about this film in the next few years. But for now, I’ll celebrate an all Asian cast, and hope that the money this movie made inspires Hollywood to wake up and take more “risks.” Henry Golding is a perfect rom-com front man and an absolute joy in A Simple Favor as well. Looking forward to seeing him soon.

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    Agnes Varda has a cat. I know everything I need to know. 

    Seriously, I love this woman. I don’t know of too many artists who could embark on this type of project and still keep their feet on the ground. I just want to have a cup of herbal tea with her. 

    As someone who loves photography I got a lot out of watching her quest to document faces...and places. And put faces literally on places, so they’re big enough for her, and the world, to see. I also love the idea that there’s a train out there with her eyes and feet on it.

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  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★

    That shot of two brand new town houses wedged in between two older model houses says it all. As does Collin's epic rap at the end.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    I’m still mulling this over a little, and I think a second viewing is in order. This film captures all my anxieties about living in the world today and the helplessness felt in the face of it all. I like the heavy discussions about religion’s role in all of it, the politics behind positions within the church. 

    Ethan Hawkes performance is wonderful, another in a long line of understated performances this year. And while I don’t quite understand his sudden…