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  • At Eternity's Gate

    At Eternity's Gate

    ★★★

    The meandering structure Schnabel rests within here can feel either dreamily cerebral or plainly unbearable, depending on the scene. What never errs is Dafoe’s exquisitely lived-in performance that, frankly, deserved to exist alongside a better film. (Interested in revisiting it again, though, as my heels were *killing me* around the 1.5 hour mark, which made the last thirty minutes excruciating to sit through; I do wonder if my opinion might change in a “comfier” setting. [lol])

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★½

    Three bags of Tostitos Scoops, I notice.

    An incredibly inventive, broadly hysterical, entirely un-problematic mainstream ensemble comedy where every cast member gets their chance to shine (*especially* Rachel McAdams). I already can't wait to revisit it.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    I just wanted to take another look at you.

    Some films don't live up to your expectations of them. Their trailer gets released and you watch it obsessively, memorizing images without even knowing their full context, and still—somehow!—they fall short. Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born is not one of those films.

    What B. Cooper and his partner-in-crime L. Gaga have done here is truly outrageous: taking a tale as old as time and, instead of exhausting it, perfecting it.…

  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation

    ★★★★½

    Carrie, if you're listening, we miss you.

    One of the (many) things writer/director Sam Levinson does so well in his neon and blood-soaked reimagining of the Salem witch trials is create a space in which the ends truly justify the means—and then some. Even I, reigning stan queen of spooky scary cinema, found the darkest parts of this to be *incredibly* disturbing—but the payoff post-those scenes through to the climax is so raucously cathartic and (dare I say?) magical for…