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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★½

    It's sweet, but utterly predictable and I didn't find myself engaged in dialogue that consists largely of characters just saying the names of famous women at each other.

    I've seen folks claim it undermines tropes but doing the same scenes that would happen between two men or a man and a woman with two women doesn't invert anything by itself.

    I don't know. The whole exercise has a strong feeling of "seen it before," whether that's Maggie Carey's 2013 film The To Do List or the Netflix series Sex Education or the novel I Love You, Beth Cooper.

    I really wanted to like it more. Alas.

  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

    The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

    ★★★

    A story this good deserves a much, much better documentary. Preferably one that doesn't feature a naturopath as its medical expert (???).

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