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  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ★★★½

    On second viewing the plot is even more incomprehensible, and the action even more stunningly accomplished.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    Lovely.

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ★★

    Charming performances and a penchant for Hughesian social ‘stakes’ can’t save this movie from its tepid plot twists. The characters never manage to get a step ahead of the audience, contributing to a tiresome undertow throughout the film. Also it’s egregiously unrealistic about race; despite the fact that it’s led by an Asian actor there’s not an ounce of authentic Asian-ness throughout. It shows that sometimes the cost of representation is that the thing that is represented becomes unrecognizable, or even absent.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    For those who care, a terrible choice: do you want breakthrough in representation or do you want a compelling narrative? So frustrating.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★½

    So beautifully crafted that it’s a shame it wastes itself on a story about an emotionally crippled middle aged man finding salvation in an underaged girl.

  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    ★★½

    The marketing way oversold the salacious bits, which are ridiculous, making the movie seem much more absurd than it is. On the whole it’s reasonably entertaining.

  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    ½

    One of the worst movies I’ve ever endured.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★

    I saw this last when I was fourteen, I think. Some of the shots are amazing, but watching it now I'm struck by how goofy and kind of ridiculous it all is. Maybe I need to watch it again.

  • The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    ★★½

    Points for style but demerits for torpor.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★½

    My family wanted to watch it again, so I tried as best as I could to see it with a cold eye. And I definitely could see why it works so well for so many people, but it’s also so patchy and sloppy. Things I couldn’t abide: dispensing with the deeply fascinating Kristin Scott Thomas in favor of the monotonous Emmanuelle Beart; the ploddingly expositional dialogue the pervades throughout; the fact that to bring Ethan Hunt in from the cold…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★

    Surprisingly conventional for a long time, then just sloppy.

  • Night Train to Munich

    Night Train to Munich

    ★★

    Kindergarten level action and suspense.