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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Stand out scenes:
    - The reveal to Tish’s family (I wanted so much more Tayonah Parris and Colman Domingo - they were fabulous in their limited scenes)
    - Stephan James at the record player (that is some fine appropiation of the female gaze, Mr. Jenkins. Thank you.)
    - the perfume counter (a tiny window into the experience of black women)
    - Brian Tyree Henry’s scene - (this was the most powerful for me, the heart of the film, cementing that…

  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    Watched Homecoming and was bugged trying to think of what I had seen Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulrooney in together before. Of course. It was this. So had to rewatch it. Both of them have aged beautifully. And now I feel like Homecoming has this bizarre backstory, where Michael eventually left Kimmy for Jules, who of course rejected him as soon as he was actually available to her and threw herself into her work for a shady chemical company.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    Rewatching this just makes me mad all over again about sacrificing Wakandans in Infinity War because the Avengers “don’t trade lives.”

    On a happier note, Nakia, Okoye and Shuri still rock my socks.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    Extremely late to the party on this one. Left the Rio Theatre completely buzzed from the experience of being immersed in this insane and glorious piece of artwork. Nicholas Cage seemed subdued, you guys. I never thought I’d write that in a million years in a review, but it’s actually true. All pain and stoicism, a machine of vengeance, and pitch perfect. And Andrea Riseborough has such a fascinating face and compelling presence. But my deep, deep love of this…

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    I get that haters are going to hate, but I had fun with this movie. I was obsessed with choose your own adventure novels as a kid. Couldn’t get enough of them. My inner nine year old  cannot get over how cool it is that I can do the same thing with a streaming film! And I dig how they’ve incorporated a story about free will vs being controlled by outside forces into this storytelling technique. Plus I LOVE Will…

  • Burlesque

    Burlesque

    Um, is this just Devil Wears Prada but with a burlesque-ish cabaret show instead of a magazine? I mean, the Stanley Tucci character is the crossover between those two universes, right?

  • Gaga: Five Foot Two

    Gaga: Five Foot Two

    Gaga really lets us see her, warts and all, on this one. I’m not sure you can do what she does without an amazing amount of self-centeredness though.

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    Love seeing Kate and Chloe back together again. A witty period comedy. Austen’s revenge fantasy for women without fortunes.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq

    I love the ambition of this film. A modern retelling of a 2,400-year old Greek play in rhyming verse to take on contemporary American gun culture and promote BLM? Damn. It’s such a huge swing, that I’m not bothered by the ways it misses. (Some of the misogyny and objectification still hit, even if their portrayal was meant to be critical. And as much as I love John Cusak, he felt a bit miscast here.) It takes some serious attention…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    Olivia Coleman is incredible. I can’t think of another actress alive who could have made this character so simultaneously sympathetic, revolting, pitiable, ridiculous, childlike, and lecherous. And all of the physical work she puts in looks uncannily natural and real. A brilliant performance that deserves every single award and accolade. 

    Weisz and Stone are fantastic as well - it’s so fascinating to feel your own allegiance and sympathy as a viewer shift between them through the course of the film.…

  • Men in Black 3

    Men in Black 3

    Needed something brainless and light. And I like Will Smith. Also enjoyed Josh Brolin doing Tommy Lee Jones. That sounds dirtier than intended. You know what I mean.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    Really should have seen this one in the theatre. Loved the camera work here and I think because of the minimal audio, the visual in this film had to do double duty. Bruus Christensen hit this out of the park. Apparently Jaws was a big inspiration in her approach.