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  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★½

    Lots of fun. A totally enjoyable screwball remake with a solid performance from Brooks and a perfect performance from Bancroft. Ends right as the shenanigans are about to get annoying. Wish we had big swing comedies like this still, but then I guess Jojo Rabbit was an attempt at that but that’s a piece of shit, so....

  • Educating Rita

    Educating Rita

    ★★★½

    Solid. Walters is really excellent here and sells this somewhat muddled story of self-actualization. Rita’s journey is really compelling and still feels pretty current considering we should have progressed a bit more culturally in 40 years.

    That said, this is really solid for what’s essentially an update of the basic Born Yesterday plot. There’s a thread of romance here that works because of how restrained and roundabout it is and it helps hat Caine mostly keeps his character from feeling like…

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  • The Mirror Has Two Faces

    The Mirror Has Two Faces

    ★★★★★

    What did Barbra Streisand do? THAT.

    This is a treatise on the way women internalize and contend with the value placed on female beauty–and how damaging that can be–disguised as a rom-com. I had doubts after the makeover, but what follows interrogates the idea of what getting thin and wearing more make-up is supposed to represent and the unacknowledged problems that focusing on one concept of improvement can become.

    Bridges’s character should be unbearable, but he’s an idea/plot device more…

  • The Knight Before Christmas

    The Knight Before Christmas

    ★★★½

    This is poorly paced, but at least this isn't ant-city, anti-woman with a job she cares about and the romance doesn't initially start as antagonistic.

    More importantly, it establishes a Netflix shared Christmas Romance Universe.

    Full review here: thepopbreak.com/2019/11/21/the-knight-before-christmas-review-better-than-the-average-christmas-romance/