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  • Soup to Nuts

  • The Brady Bunch Movie

    ★★★½

  • The Strange Love of Molly Louvain

    ★★

  • Girls About Town

    ★★½

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  • Soup to Nuts

    Soup to Nuts

    Quite bad, Rube. Some interesting cultural stuff and a good lead performance but yeah. Makes Hellzapoppin all the more impressive.

  • The Brady Bunch Movie

    The Brady Bunch Movie

    ★★★½

    This movie should have forced the Academy to create a Best Casting Oscar just so it could win it. I mean it’s a smart mash-up of The Brady Bunch and You Can’t Take It With You that’s intelligently directed, wonderfully performed (especially by Jan), and feels like an essential document of 90s culture. But the casting, my god.

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★½

    “Oh, Fred’s getting his makeup ready for the next dance routine!

    Oh.

    Oh no.”

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    ★★★★½

    Koreeda’s first feature belongs to the niche genre of ghost stories with no ghosts. They are anchored by protagonists who sense the emptiness rather than the life that surrounds them, trapped in a past from which they are unable to shake free. The title means “a trick of the light,” and Yumiko is constantly unsure of her guided path. There are so many brittle moments in the film, most obviously when her new mother-in-law seems lost at sea but more…