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  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

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

    This is maybe best to call pro-MAGA but anti-Trump, with Eastwood's character all charm as opposed to bark. The car keeps him moving but it's in the walking—slow shuffling in plain shoes—that he can't keep up with the times. The film shifts so slowly into melodrama its almost shocking, just as shocking as the unnamed Latino driver who notes not once but twice that "statistically this is the most dangerous 5 minutes of my life" (no irony; just blunt reality).…

  • Vever

    Vever

    ★★★½

    Commissioned by the Walker Art Center and streaming until January.

    Three generations of women filmmakers (Maya Deren, Barbara Hammer, Deborah Stratman) interrogating subjects beyond themselves and accepting that they cannot enforce their perspective without compromising reality.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    For years, Hollywood and the surrounding Culture Wars have asked a question: Do Critics Matter? It's a frankly boring question, but the main anxiety has developed out of a growing disconnect between Rotten Tomatoes Favorites and the American Box Office. But Disney and their expanding intellectual properties have put a new spin on this story: critics don't matter, but studios deliberately position / design films to harness their words in order to enter The Cultural Conversation. Their movies are no…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    A green Sprite bottle, given almost a mythical introduction in a frenetic monologue, slips out of the hand of a character and roles into a puddle of water. The camera, finally imparted from its intense close-ups to a God's eye long shot, lingers just for a second as it rolls into a puddle where it could be misconceived as trash. An object of everyday life that has been signified with narrative agency (A MacGuffin up there with the Arc of…