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  • Encanto

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  • King Richard

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  • Palm Springs

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  • Dune

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

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    The last Jon Chu movie I saw was Step Up 2 ten years ago during my middle school hip hop dance class, so I hope you'll forgive me for expecting something better than this.

    Yes, there's a lot of discourse. Detractors of Crazy Rich Asians are in full force on social media, criticizing the film's lack of biting political commentary and its treatment of dark-skinned SE asians. In its unapologetic adherence to the romcom tropes and stereotypes of vanilla Hollywood,…

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

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

    In a late scene of Bing's first directed feature, the Rockwell, IL native asks Keire Johnson what he got out of the documentary process. He responds simply: "It’s almost like free fucking therapy."

    At a time when therapy is stigmatized and social culture is still shaped by strong-armed views of masculinity, it's easy for teens and young adults to ignore where they came from and where they are going. There aren't many outlets for them to talk about the multitude…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

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    Had my reservations, but it's the morning after and I'm still sitting here with a handful of images playing in my mind. Pretty literal depictions of the separation between rich and poor, and humanizing characterizations of the two serving mothers. The film's central turning point is masterful in the way it holds its tension and breathes in Bong Joon-ho's humor, although the final act loses some of that tightness and controlled mayhem.

  • Suddenly Seventeen

    Suddenly Seventeen

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    Ni Ni carries this entire movie while playing two completely different but adorable women and being absolutely ROASTED by the movie description. I mean Mao isn't even her fiancΓ© and she's been waiting ten years, and I don't think it's careless to eat some chocolate after being dumped over the car bluetooth, especially after your boyfriend DENIED you in public at a wedding and then sped off in his black van to go suck up to Mr GAO who is actually a pretty CHILL boss and keeps it real and supports strong, talented independent women unlike MAO