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  • Chasing Coral

    Chasing Coral

    ★★★★

    As a Pacific Islander, this feels essential, but Chasing Coral is also a must-see film for anyone who loves our oceans or even slightly cares about the future of our livable planet. Jeff Orlowski is somehow able to recapture the magic of Chasing Ice, which is no small feat, and documents the catastrophic effects of global warming, before our eyes, in real time. It’s shocking and almost overwhelming, but one of the (two) most vital documents in existence to convince…

  • Outbreak

    Outbreak

    ★★★½

    I needed some Coronavirus catharsis and this movie had the desired effect. Outbreak was one of my very favorite films of the era, when it came out. I saw it in the theater several times—and over the years it’s been a solid recommendation for friends who haven’t seen it—but I hadn’t revisited it in over a decade, until tonight, and that can sometimes be a scary rewatch. A few of my fears were realized: Dustin Hoffman’s old school misogyny-lite isn’t…

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  • Lowlife

    Lowlife

    ★★★

    This totally messed-up movie that deals with human sex trafficking, organ theft, hard drugs, organized crime and corrupt cops somehow manages to pull a few heartstrings by the end. Lowlife seems to suffer from budget and casting constraints at the beginning—and you'd like to see a story this good have a little more technical polish—but things really pick up by the midpoint and Lowlife wins you over, even as it pushes you away. The inclusion of Ricardo Zarate's enforcer character…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Okay. Wow. I’m not quite sure what I think about this film, yet. It was kind of an overwhelming experience, as a lifetime fan of the Halloween franchise. There was so much to take in and process. I loved (almost) every minute of the movie (save a certain police car ride and the connected subplot) that was on screen, but I wanted a lot more ... more from certain supporting characters and a lot more from the eventual plot. I…