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  • The Undoing

    The Undoing

    ★★★★

    I never aspired to a perfect life, you know. I just wanted to be happy.

    Watching this big ol' 360 minute pulp fest in one fell swoop made for a *supremely* enjoyable Sunday evening alone. Initially I only binged it because I knew the finale would be all over social media and didn't want it spoiled, but I actually think I made the right decision? In doing so, I had no time to breathe or (more importantly) firm up any…

  • Mona Lisa Smile

    Mona Lisa Smile

    ★★★★★

    She looks happy, so what does it matter?

    I turned 12 in 2003, my third year as a full-on awards season obsessor. As such, I never watched Mona Lisa Smile, largely thanks to its lackluster critical reception and status as supposed "failed Oscar bait." Somewhere between Marcia Gay Harden's high camp entrance and (!!) Tori Amos performing at Kirsten Dunst's wedding, I realized what a colossal mistake that was. This was *absolutely* delightful. I laughed! I cried! It gave me…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    Life is too short to be angry at one’s sisters.

    Greta Gerwig's Little Women is the dictionary definition of a "treasure"; it is, simply, exquisite in every way. I have regarded Louisa May Alcott's immortal text as my all-time favorite book for almost two decades now, and this faultless adaptation already means so much to me after one single viewing, my brain isn't quite sure what to do with itself.

    It is, at once, a perfectly crafted time machine back to…

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★★

    If it's positive, is there any way it could be negative?

    On any given day, a person can choose to be silent for an untold number of reasons. Often, we're merely existing or listening or processing. Occasionally, we're aiming to hurt or anger someone else; at other times, we're trying to heal inwardly. In many of the worst cases, it's a form of self-defense. Here, Autumn wears hers like armor.

    Hittman's picture is an absolute triumph: laser-focused, urgent, and immensely…