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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    Level of anxiety correlated with the depth of Leo's furrowed brow. You-know-what makes me jump out of my seat every time, even though I know it's coming. Maybe my favorite Scorsese, definitely the most rewatch-able.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★½

    Little Women: few things in life bring me as much unmitigated joy as when a movie not only meets but exceeds my ludicrously high expectations. We don't deserve Greta Gerwig. What a genuinely joyful, soulful gem of a film. Fittingly, I came out of the theater, and the sun was shining. I couldn't stop smiling.

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    Still processing, but can report that this made me cry (and I am not a crier at movies!), and made me want to call my parents. So many moments of recognition, of "oh my god, I have never seen this portrayed on screen before," down to its tiny details. More TK.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    It's impossible not to be charmed by two of our best movie stars dialing up their movie star charm to a 15, and having a hell of a time. Like most of Quentin Tarantino’s films, it’s around 30 minutes too long, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by most of it.

    Still, his pastiche and alternative history thing kind of gets old. Conceptually, I keep thinking about how there are other more fascinating stories to be told about late ‘60s…