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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★½

  • Kicking and Screaming

    ★★½

  • Somewhere in the Night

    ★★★

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★½

    PTA can make any scene feel like a revelation, but he’s hardly swinging for the fences here. This movie is digressive, largely pointless and far beneath his skills. Even if you take out the infuriatingly dumb star turns—Sean Penn and Tom Waits eat up screen time and contribute almost nothing meaningful back to the narrative; and Bradley Cooper’s slapstick cameo is little more than a tribute to Bradley Cooper’s ego—the supposedly electric chemistry between the two youthful leads drifts unevenly…

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★½

    So, so, so nineties. Not just the fashions, but also the intense whiteness of the cast, the dryly acerbic humor, the overlong soliloquies disguised as dialog, the excessive idealization of the female persona, and the distracting similarities to “Friends” (right down to having Elliot Gould play the father figure!). Still, the moment when Christopher Eigeman makes out with Parker Posey is glorious—a cinematic and, really, historical milestone that brings two underappreciated titans of that era of film together. It’s brief, but it fully justifies the whole mess.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Way, way back in “Episode V," when Darth Vader revealed himself to Luke Skywalker as his father, it felt like an earthquake. Suddenly a deep, telling connection was revealed, and it totally changed the way we understood the story being told.

    In J.J. Abrams’s monumentally stupid “Episode IX,” _everything_ is connected, everyone is related to everyone else, and it couldn't be less surprising, less impactful, because when everything is meant to be important, nothing is. Abrams has perverted the whole…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★

    This is what usually happens: a film creates a compelling fantasy world and fans clamor for more. So sequels build that world out, they show more of its mechanics, its people, its history. But “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum” demonstrates one little acknowledged principle of escalated world building: the inevitable outcome is bureaucracy. 


    Any fantasy (and the Wick-verse is as fantastical as any franchise) relies as much on what it doesn’t reveal as on what it does, leaving enough to the…