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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    The last Jon Chu movie I saw was Step Up 2 ten years ago during my middle school hip hop dance class, when Moose was my pop lockin' spirit animal, 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…

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★½

    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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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

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

    In a film propelled by grand events, the slightest details will give the most lasting impressions. It'll be different for everyone. For me, the momentary glance between Sofia and Cleo, ice creams in hand, after the wedding champagne cork pops behind them...that was a pure and filling sadness.

    This film is a theatrical experience. For the beautiful visual qualities, yes, but specifically for the sound design. You will be immersed against your will. At several points, I thought the noise…

  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

    ★★★½

    "I'm only a few years late to this movie"

    IT'S BEEN A DECADE

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  • Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    ★★★½

    To be clear, this film isn't supposed to break any new ground. It probably won't fill you up with warm, gooey feelings, and it will never try to surprise you. The one-dimensional characters in Mary and the Witch's Flower seem to be plucked from a Kindergarten children's book, and the humor plays off accordingly — loud and proud.

    Visually, the beautiful animation and scenery is wasted on bubble-gum backdrops. They never build up into a cohesive, lived-in universe, and our…

  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★

    Tarkovsky is a madman. sent a village of extras to cast a bell and hoist it out of a mountain, AND pushed a horse down a flight of stairs